Hello! I have a very easy and fun project for your little ones today. Like most kids Matias is always playing with empty boxes, especially empty Kleenex ones that seems to be everywhere in my flat lately (blame the cold!). Recycling them seems like a good thing to do and Matias is already loving this. Have fun!
- A small empty (square) Kleenex box
- Old newspapers
- Paper glue (PVA)
- Scissors and paper knife
- Medium size brush
- Acrylic paints
- Black Sharpie marker
- White and coloured paper
- Crayons or colours markers
2) Start covering the box using the paper and the mix – there’s no real formula. It’s pretty straight forward, just cover the entire box. Use the brush to get rid of the air bubbles (Tip: Try not to use dark pieces of newspapers as you will need more paint to cover it up later).
3) If your box has rounded corners like mine, I found useful to cut thinner paper stripes to get a smoother result.
4) Measure the box window.
5) On the top of the box mark where you will cut the opening for the cards using the measurement from above and add an extra centimeter on each side for extra room for the cards.
6-7) Very carefully cut the opening at the top of the box using a knife or scissors.
9) After it is completely dry, draw some extra details with a sharpie marker. The speakers, plug’s holes, etc. Make it very personal, funky or retro, this is the fun part!
10-11-12) Cut some colourful paper or cardboard to fit in your boxes window. These should be the width of your window and the height of the box adding an extra centimetre or so to the top (so you can easily add the tabs – see below). I drew pictures of some of Matias’s favourite things and coloured them on white paper and stuck them onto the coloured papers. Alternatively, you can let your little ones draw doodles (or whatever they like) or you can use pictures of family and friends.
13) At the last minute I thought the idea of “channels” so I added some tabs made of the same paper and put numbers on them.
14) Done! Now enjoy and have lots of fun playing with your kids, “changing” channels, learning new words and colouring!