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Old toys - what to do with them?

Old toys - what to do with them?


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Toys pile up in every home where at least one child lives. Regardless of the baby's age, there is probably always a lot of them, although the collection may grow with age. The unnecessary, hardly used ones can be sold, given to another child or given to an orphanage - but in each of these cases the toy should be fully functional and the most difficult to part with.

And what to do with toys "after aisle" with minor damage, which is somehow hard to throw in the bin? Maybe use it again for something else or just renew it?

Here are some ideas:

How to renew wooden blocks

Blocks are loved by children of all ages, regardless of gender, that's why their stacks are in every home. If there are abrasions on the wooden blocks, there is little paint left, they can be painted with the child. We paint them in standard colors or according to our own invention in dots, flowers or with a funny smiling face.

To begin with, the pads must be thoroughly cleaned, and polished with fine sandpaper, if necessary. When choosing paints for painting, we must remember that children will use blocks, which is why we use special wood and, above all, safe paint.

It is best to use enamel for this purpose, which complies with PN-EN 71-2 and PN-EN 71-3, so that it does not pose a danger to the child. We paint the blocks twice and let them dry, preferably for one day.

How to repair stuffed animals

A bear with one paw, a bunny without an ear or a dog without eyes lie in the corners, taking up space and collecting dust unnecessarily. Those that the child does not want to part with, remains to be renewed, it is best to sew in or add missing elements and to wash properly.

Plush toys without mechanisms can be washed in a washing machine, while multifunctional ones are better wiped with a cloth dipped in soapy water, or sprinkled with baking soda and thoroughly dry cleaned after two hours.

Mascots that cannot be saved can be used to create a new animal, all you need is a little imagination of the parent to create a new plush creature with the teddy bear's belly, duck head, rabbit ears and doggy's feet. Fur made of several stuffed animals can also be sewn together and used to create homemade slippers, pillows and even a blanket.

Dolls

Dolls usually lose their charm when they have frayed hair, torn or lost clothes, and felt-tip tattoos on their mouths. Why not make a doll a metamorphosis?

To begin with, the doll must be thoroughly washed in water with soap. If it is written with a felt-tip pen or pen, we wipe these places with a gauze pad dipped in vinegar or a nail polish remover. The next stage is washing the hair in shampoo. To avoid frizzing and combing, you need to rub the conditioner without rinsing and try to gently comb. If the doll's eyes and lips are faded, paint them with e.g. nail polish or a felt-tip pen.

If the doll has a clothes, all you have to do is wash and sew on a decorative element, e.g. a flower or a bow, to give it a new charm. On the other hand, a doll completely devoid of wardrobe needs to sew a new clothes. The resourceful mother will probably find some scraps of material to create a new creation. Or maybe ask your grandmother for help? He will probably be glad to make his granddaughter happy with new doll clothes.

Booklets

Those books that no longer interest our child can be given to other children or taken to the library. Torn and damaged, if it is possible, it is worth trying to glue with transparent tape. When there are only a few pages left from the booklet, it is worth cutting out interesting elements together with the child, then sticking it on the card and creating your own booklet or interesting picture.

Dough

Plastic mass games have recently become very popular among children. Unfortunately, dough, despite its educational properties, dries very quickly. It is enough to improve something from it several times so that it crumbles and is unusable.

Always remember to close it in an airtight box after playing, because access to air causes it to harden quickly. If we see that the dough begins to harden, it is best to immediately add a little water to it (e.g. paint from the top with a brush).

Now it remains to make the dough thoroughly so that it absorbs water well. When the consistency of dough is sticky, put it in an airtight box so that the excess water evaporates.

Candle crayons

How many times have we thrown broken candle crayons into the bin, and yet they can be reused to create new crayons. How?

It is best to peel crayons from paper (let's ask for a child who probably hid in a corner sometimes with a crayon, picking it secretly from his mother), crumble thoroughly and put into molds that can be baked in the oven.

Put crushed crayons in molds in the oven for about 7 minutes (temp. 160 degrees) so that they melt. We cool and remove from the molds. Such crayons give many possibilities for new fun. They can create new shapes as well as colors (they can be combined), which encourages drawing.

Pencil crayons

Not only candle pencils can be reused. Pencil crayons can have several uses. They should be cut into small pieces (e.g. slices) and create original jewelry e.g. beads or earrings. And stuck together they will create an interesting picture frame. The crayons tied together with a string create an interesting window blind.

Children get bored of toys very quickly, so instead of spending money on more items, it's better to renew them or use them to make something new.