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!

Go Sky High

3…2…1… BLAST OFF! If your little engineer wants to make a ship that flys to the moon then there’s no better way than upcycling plastic piping, rubber bands, and a soda bottle to make this air rocket launcher and a rocket ship. Slater over at Science Toy Maker give us the full materials and tutorial on how to make our way into space.

photo: Science Toy Maker

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