How to Make Homemade Tinker Toys With Your Kids! by Donna John

DIY Activities
2 years ago
How to Make Homemade Tinker Toys With Your Kids!

Tinkertoy® building sets have lasted generations, and for great reason – kids love them! These DIY tinker toys are fun to make and even more fun to play with. Another plus? It’s a great way to introduce the concept of recycling to children!

You’ll need:

  • empty toilet paper rings
  • plastic thread spools
  • straws
  • hole puncher
  • scissors

Here’s how you do it:

  1. Punch two slightly overlapping holes about half an inch from the edge of the toilet paper tube. Do this three more times, spacing them evenly (see photo for placement). Repeat on the other edge of the toilet paper ring. These are the holes the straws will be inserted into when building.
  2. With the scissors, make 1-inch or so slits between some of the holes on the toilet paper rings. This can be random. These slits allow kids to connect the rings in another way to help build their structures.
  3. For the straws, leave some of the whole and cut some of them in half.

That’s it! Put your homemade tinker toys in a container and let your kids start building their amazing creations!

Kizmos Jumbo Flex Straws
Kizmos Jumbo Flex Straws $6
Set contains 500 assorted colored straws.
White Plastic Spools - 2"
White Plastic Spools - 2" $15
Use these 2-inch plastic spools for a wide variety of uses. Pack of 16.
White Plastic Spools - 3"
White Plastic Spools - 3" $17
These 3-inch plastic spools are perfect for all sorts of craft projects. Pack of 16.

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