Ready to let your little out-of-the-box thinkers get their hands on things they can not only play with, but tweak and twiddle? Go ahead, raid the recycle bin and upcycle materials into stuff that can double as tinker-worthy toys. From building cardboard rocket ships and castles to soda can cars and do-it-yourself geoboards, it’s easy to re-use stuff you’ve got around the house. Scroll down and let’s get to tinkering!

Hammer Out a Geoboard

Your mini-makers can engage their hands and mind by building and playing with this cool geoboard, which can easily be made with supplies found around the house. Mama Agnes Hsu gives us the materials and step-by-step over at hello, Wonderful.

photo: Agnes Hsu via hello, Wonderful

  • Hammer Out a Geoboard
  • Straws that Stick Together
  • Blast Off Box
  • Go Sky High
  • On an Incline
  • Roll Out the Red Carpet
  • The Royal Treatment
  • Rubber Band Races
  • Pencil in Tinker Time
  • Roll with It
  • Drum Up Some Fun
  • Pop Cars
  • Mr. Roboto
  • H2O, Yo!

Editor’s Note: We at Red Tricycle encourage learning. That being said, please be sure your kiddo has access to age-appropriate materials and always supervise playtime. Happy Tinkering!

What household items do you use to tinker? Tell us about it in the comments!

—Nikki Walsh