Toy Making Challenge

Can you create a toy or musical instrument out of household items? Be creative! Can you make a drum out of a coffee can or a guitar out of a tissue box and rubber bands? Can you create an arcade game out of plastic bottles and cardboard? Below are a couple of additional ideas to inspire you!

Activity Instructions

for Observers (Pre-K through 2nd Grade) or Explorers (3rd Grade through 5th Grade)

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Cardboard Parking Lot

Make a cardboard parking lot for your toy cars


What you will need:


  1. Foldable cardboard, like that used for boxes

  2. Paint or Markers

  3. Paint brush if using paint

  4. Scissors

  5. Tape or glue in case you need to reinforce parts of your structure




  1. Make the path that the cars will follow

  2. Make a cut in the ramp areas used to connect the top and lower floor

  3. By joining both cardboard platforms create the upstream and downstream paths through which the toy vehicles will transit. It is also possible to place the cardboard platforms on stairs and unite each step with ramps 

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Balloon Hackey Sack

You can make these squishy balls to kick around, juggle or just squeeze! 


What you will need:


  1. 4 balloons

  2. Flour 

  3. Spoon

  4. Funnel

  5. Scissors


Wrap a balloon around the end of your funnel. Next spoon your flour into the pouch through the funnel.Tap the funnel to help the flour fill up the balloon. Use about ½ to ¾ cup of four to fill your ball.

After it's filled, knot the balloon so that the ball is secure. You can put another balloon on top of the filled balloon, if you are worried about leakage. Now, cut the remaining balloons into strips around your ball. Done!

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Rain Stick

Use recycled materials, foil and some rice to make an instrument. 


What You'll Need: 

  • Paper towel roll

  • Aluminum foil

  • Rice

  • Clear tape

  • Wooden spoon

  • Broom handle

  • Colored paper

  • Optional: Funnel



​Follow these step by step instructions to make your very own rain stick. Hint: You can also draw/ paint, tape or color the outside of your rain stick. 

Turn It In

Take a picture of your creation and upload it to Padlet!

If you haven't printed the bingo board page, please print it now. Cross off this activity square, since you've completed it.


You'll bring your bingo board print-out to the PS29 garden on  Sunday, May 23 between 2-4pm to collect your prize. If you're not in Brooklyn, email us and we will send you your prize.