Making Toys for School-Age Children: Using Ordinary Stuff for Extraordinary Play

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What do you get when you combine jingle bells, ribbon, a glove, and some thread? A Garden Glove Windsock, of course! This series is a teacher’s dream! You’ll find more creative ways to use a tube sock, milk carton, and other inexpensive things found around the house than you ever imagined. Create unique, exciting toys and props to help children learn in appropriate ways. Don’t recycle that cereal box . . . reuse it to make a simple puzzle! Each age-appropriate Making Toys book will make you look at the everyday ...

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Overview

What do you get when you combine jingle bells, ribbon, a glove, and some thread? A Garden Glove Windsock, of course! This series is a teacher’s dream! You’ll find more creative ways to use a tube sock, milk carton, and other inexpensive things found around the house than you ever imagined. Create unique, exciting toys and props to help children learn in appropriate ways. Don’t recycle that cereal box . . . reuse it to make a simple puzzle! Each age-appropriate Making Toys book will make you look at the everyday items around you in a whole new way.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780876592762
  • Publisher: Gryphon House Inc.
  • Publication date: 9/1/2002
  • Series: Making Toys
  • Pages: 160
  • Product dimensions: 8.30 (w) x 10.90 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Meet the Author


Dr. Linda Miller is a nationally recognized speaker and consultant for early childhood programs, leading her own company, Innovations in Education, Inc. She has developed curricula for numerous child care companies and also acts as an expert witness in cases involving curriculum and supervision. In recent years Dr. Miller has taught for Wheelock College of Boston in Bermuda, Singapore, and The Bahamas. Mary Jo Gibbs has worked with young children for more than 25 years. She has been a kindergarten teacher, a curriculum writer, and a training specialist for child care providers.
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Table of Contents

Introduction 9
Making Toys and Finding Materials 9
Zones for School-Age Children 10
Drama Zone 11
Creative Construction Zone 11
Active Zone and Outside 11
Creativity Zone 11
Games and Problem-Solving Zone 12
Nature Zone 12
Themes, Special Events, and Holidays 12
Teacher Tips 13
How to Use This Book 13
Interpreting Each Activity 14
Drama Zone 15
Bags
Paper Bag Hats 16
Frog Mask 17
Monster Costume 18
Life-Size Puppets 19
Mitt-Shaped Puppets 20
Bag Mitt Puppets 21
Lunch Bag Puppets 21
Peanut Pals 22
Paper Bag Doll Puppet 23
Black Cat Bag Puppet 24
Brown Paper Bag Bear Puppet 25
Octopus Puppet 26
Big Bag Animals 27
Boxes
Cardboard Box Puppet Theater 29
Doll Bed 30
Bucket Space Helmets 31
Cereal Box Suitcase 32
Cardboard Box Airplane 33
Cereal Box Bird Puppet 34
Gloves/Mittens
Autograph Glove Friend 36
Rubber Glove Puppets 36
Big Hands 37
Glove and Plate Puppet 38
Storytelling Glove 38
Mop Head Puppet 39
Mitten Rabbit 39
Garden Glove Turtle Puppet 40
Mouse Puppets 41
Caterpillar Puppet 42
Socks/Pantyhose
Pantyhose Wig 42
Pantyhose Masks 43
Sock Caterpillar 44
Pop-Up Dog Puppet 45
Scarecrow Puppet 47
Creative Construction Zone 49
Boxes
Star Box 50
Box Creatures 50
Animal Poles 51
Match Box Car Races 52
Little Box Vehicles 53
Box City 53
Water Wheel 54
Milk Carton Barge 55
Milk Carton Rowboat 56
Active Zone and Outside 57
Bags
Emergency Kickball 58
Paddle Ball 58
Plastic Bag Parachute 59
Flying Fish Kite 61
Boxes
Dice Baseball 62
Broom Ball 63
Bucket Golf 64
Milk Carton Catch 65
Gloves/Mittens
Soft Horseshoes 65
Socks/Pantyhose
Sock Balls 66
Pantyhose Balls 66
Pantyhose Bats 67
Toss and Catch 68
Creativity Zone 69
Bags
Grocery Bag Art Books 69
Paper Bag Blank Books 70
Paper Bag Pinatas 70
Coloring Bags 72
Paper Bag Sculptures 72
Decorated Bags 73
Flower Bags 74
Paper Bag Dragon 75
Place-Mats 76
"Leather" Animals 76
Plastic Bag Butterfly 77
Brown Bag Note Cards 78
Boxes
Box Collage 80
Photo Collage 81
Cardboard Box Lacing 81
Gloves/Mittens
Gardening Glove Plant Pal 83
Hand Painters 83
Collage Glove Sun Catchers 84
Garden Glove Windsocks 85
Socks/Pantyhose
Paint Daubers 86
Games and Problem-Solving Zone 87
Bags
Estimation Time 88
Zoo Animals in Cages 89
Boxes
Box Puzzles 89
Mystery Boxes, Part One 90
Mystery Boxes, Part Two 91
Felt Board Box 92
Peekscope 92
Miscellaneous
Deck of Cards 93
Highest Structure Wins 94
Giant Checkers Sets 94
Giant Chess Sets 96
Nature Zone 97
Bags
Car Litter Bag 98
Compost in a Leaf Bag 98
Mold Garden 99
Hanging Sponge Garden 100
Window Greenhouse 100
Nesting Ball 101
Butterfly Net 102
Bear Caves 103
Nature Collection Display 105
Boxes
Deli Box Gardens 107
Gloves/Mittens
Glove Garden 107
Socks/Panyhose
Sock Garden 108
Bug Keeper 109
Sprout a Pet 110
Miscellaneous
Worm World 111
Themes, Special Events, and Holidays 113
Boxes
Salt Box Basket 114
Tissue Box Turkey 115
Socks/Pantyhose
Flower Vase 116
Stuffed Apple 117
Soft Sculpture Pumpkin 118
Teacher Tips 121
Bags
Paper Scrap Bag 122
Water Toy Organizer 122
Yarn Bags 123
Plastic Grocery Bag Smocks 124
Birdseed Bag Pictures 125
Paper Bag Labels 125
Work Displays 126
Boxes
Bulletin Board Displays 127
Disposable Paint Cups 128
Paintbrush Holder 128
Song Box 129
Bulletin Board Pockets 129
Construction Paper Storage 130
Copy Paper Box Storage 131
Nature Collection Containers 132
Card Game Organizers 132
Box Lid Games 133
Miscellaneous
No-Mess Paint Trays 134
Letter to Parents (materials needed) 135
Index 137
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