Kids love this cardboard washer/dryer DIY upcycled toy.
We made a cardboard washer/dryer a couple years ago, and Emma recently asked for a reincarnation of it. This is one of the easiest cardboard appliances to make – just take a box, turn it wrong-side out, and cut out most of a circle, leaving part of it attached as the door hinge. Then have the kids draw on some buttons, and send them off to play with it! It’s a huge hit with my kids – and with their friends who come over for play dates!
MaryAnne lives is a craft loving educator, musician, photographer, and writer who lives in Silicon Valley with her husband Mike and their four children.
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If I can find a place to put this we are going to have to make a washer/dryer maybe clothes line, and then we can keep the doll clothes in them! But I’m not sure I can find a home. We do have lots of saved bottle tops for buttons though.
Awesome idea! It is amazing how much play value you can get out of a simple cardboard box and some imagination!
I’ve had this on my to-make list for a long time now. I think my girls would go nuts for it!
This is awesome Mary Anne! I bet Jack and Jesse would love this! Your house is so fun.
Very cool. I saw a story in Parent’s magazine about fabulous creations with cardboard boxes and I was thinking I’d create my little guy a car, castle, and fort out of cardboard boxes. Would be a really fun project to do together and – best of all – cardboard boxes *go away* after a few months of play, as opposed to plastic toys.
Oh–mine will certainly love this! I’ll put it on the list of things to do in late winter when we’re needing something new.
Great post! I recently walked into the gym area of our school and the two year old teacher had put a bunch of cardboard boxes in the gym. All the children were either busy pushing them or sitting in them. It kept the children busy the entire 45 minute playtime. Boxes are the best! :) joyce
She looks like she’s having lots of fun playing with it! If only it really did the job!
Hmmmm….. trying to decide if they’d play with it, or hide stuff in it.
What a creative idea!!!
How fun that Emma remembered and requested one of your fabulous cardboard creations!
Such a great idea! I bet our cats would love it, too! :)
Cool idea! I can see that it might be very popular here.
That’s a great idea! We like to make fun things out of boxes, too. We’ll have to give this a try.
Great idea. I am so doing this with our nest diaper box
Oh, I have a huge stack of cardboard boxes in the basement, I’m sure I could find one for this. Thanks for the idea.
Fun Fun… What is it about kids and cardboard??? You buy them expensive gifts and their favorite thing is the cardboard box!
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