Cindy Cheong and son, Leonidas Ng, 4, show us how to turn boxes into fun, free playthings!

Make it: Washing machine & monster feet

A “washing machine”

We know he’s always loved watching you do the laundry, so let him have a go at this chore with his very own “appliance”.

• A big cardboard carton

• Mahjong paper (optional)

• A pencil

• A black marker

• A pen knife

• A sheet of cellophane

• Double-sided tape

1. If your box isn’t white in colour, you might want to wrap it with some mahjong paper and the (hopeful) help of your child.

Make it: Washing machine & monster feet

2. Let your washing machine take shape by using a pencil to draw knobs and buttons on the front of the carton. Don’t forget to add a large circular door right in the centre.

Make it: Washing machine & monster feet

3. Trace the final outline of your design with the black marker (get your little one to help you “colour” the lines).

4. To make the “door”, use a pen knife to cut out the inner circle completely (see picture). Next, cut the outer circle, but leave about 5cm still stuck to the box for the “door hinge”. Or you could use more tape to form the hinge

Make it: Washing machine & monster feet

5. Cut out a piece of cellophane that is about the same size as the outer circle. Use bits of double-sided tape to stick the cellophane behind the washing machine “door”. Your washing machine is ready for its first load!

Make it: Washing machine & monster feet

"Monster feet”

These are perfect for a costume party or to simply crash about the house in, and they’ll surely please your peewee!

• Two empty tissue boxes

• Sheets of scrap paper and poster colours or paint; or you can use coloured pages from magazines…

• White glue

• A dish-washing sponge

Make it: Washing machine & monster feet

1. Make sure your child’s feet can fit through the hole on top. Tear the scrap paper/magazine pages into smaller pieces, and with junior’s help, glue them onto the tissue box, then let it dry.

Make it: Washing machine & monster feet

2. Get junior to help you paint the entire tissue box in his choice of colour.

3. Help your child cut triangle shapes out of the sponge for monster “claws”. Use the glue to stick the sponge pieces to the front end of each box.

4. Depending on the colour of the boxes and the types of claws you can create any creature’s feet, from a dinosaur and a dragon, to a lion!

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