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!

Drum Up Some Fun

Strike a high note with little inventors by letting them make and tinker with drums created from tin cans, balloons, and paint. Your little music maker can add in rocks, noodles, and other items to hear the different sounds made when they turn the drum into a shaker. Find the details at Hands On As We Grow.

photo: Jaime via Hands On As We Grow

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