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June 20 - Cardboard toy shop

Today's morning activity was Cardboard Toy shop, where I make toys with the kids out of recycled cardboard and duct tape. School ends next week, and for their "spirit week" one day is Crazy Sock Day. And this year, ladies and gentlemen, Zephyr and Lyric will be the CROWN PRINCES OF CRAZY SOCK DAY. So today, we'll be making them crowns.  

Step 1) half of a deconstructed box left in the recycling bin

Step 1) half of a deconstructed box left in the recycling bin

Step 2) trim cardboard to long strip

Step 2) trim cardboard to long strip

Step 3) cut crenellations and fold down longer flaps

Step 3) cut crenellations and fold down longer flaps

"Crenellations"  are the little projections at the top of a castle. Props to my Kindergarten teacher Darlene Freeman for teaching me that. 

Step 4) Fold along the grain of the cardboard to create castle shape

Step 4) Fold along the grain of the cardboard to create castle shape

Step 5 involves sizing the shape to the child's head size. No pictures of that, yet, but here's what the rough prototype was looking like before we left for school: 

Work in progress. I have crazy crazy socks I'm looking to unload.  

Work in progress. I have crazy crazy socks I'm looking to unload.  

SELFGRADE: A-. That castle shape is going to be big for the kids, I can feel it. These will served double duty as fashion and toy. Recycling!