My 6 year old, Tater, is a natural born inventor. From the infamous “baby slingshot” she invented when Junior was a newborn (a prototype I did not allow her to test out), to the more recent new and improved “up-the-stairs-diaper-lifter” (a good idea, but not a particularly hygienic design), she’s always been one to tinker.
Here are 20 household items I always try to have on hand for her when she gets a creative bee in her bonnet and wants to invent something. Putting the little, loose items together in a cute container makes it extra easy for her to grab when she’s bored.
You’ll be amazed what creative contraptions your child will come up with…the possibilities are endless, even with these common and somewhat random household objects. When your child is done, you can either toss everything or recycle the items for the next creation.
Most of these things can be found at the dollar store, and if packaged right, would make a really cute DIY gift.
*Certain listed items could be a choking hazard and are recommended for children aged 5 and up. Please supervise children at all times.
1. Rubber Bands
-all different sizes and colors
2. Paper Clips
-the big clippy ones are extra fun
3. Bottle Caps
-save the caps from your water bottles and juice gallons for different sizes
-a ball of endless wonder!
-what is it with kids and tape?!
-we love the big smoothie straws, although the flexible ones are useful too
7. Plastic cups
-paper cups work too
8. Paper plates
-extra points for colorful paper plates
9. Wooden Spoons
-get a pack of them at the dollar store
10. Single Hole Punch
-how else is string supposed to fit through a paper plate?
-for decorating the invention
-for drawing a model/design
13. Wooden Chopsticks
14. Paper Muffin Liners
15. Empty Plastic Containers
-wash out those sour cream and yogurt cups
16. Popsicle Sticks (Craft Sticks)
-one of the best “creative” supplies you can get
17. Cotton Balls
-every invention needs a little padding
18. Metal Washers
-these are super inexpensive at hardware stores
19. Plastic Spoons
-one word: catapult
20 Aluminum Foil
-these turn into balls, wrap thing, become a cover…more useful for the kids than for me!