This cardboard laptop is one of my all-time favorite DIY gifts for kids! It’s simple to make, and ours still gets pulled out years later! You may also like this DIY cardboard play shop.
This cardboard laptop with interchangeable screens was the hit present at Johnny’s fourth birthday party, easily eclipsing the talking bear. I can’t take any credit from it – it was made by my brother B – who, incidentally, has apparently been given credit for the gifts Mike and I gave Johnny as well! That’s what happens when you bring the most awesome present!
How to Make a Cardboard Laptop for Pretend Play
The design is very simple – two sheets of cardboard for the top, one for the bottom. The sheets of cardboard are roughly 9×12 inches each. One of the top sheets is identical to the one you see on the bottom; the other one has a screen cut out using an X-acto knife. The top sheets are open at the sides so that the kids can make new screens and slide them in and out. Clear Duck Tape holds it all together. Simple perfection!