Monday, October 3

Cardboard Laptops

This morning a certain three year old (almost 4 soon!) really wanted her "computer" which is kept in the car and reserved for car rides only. There were tears and a whole lot of disappointment when she realized I was not going to budge on our rule. Remembering a supply of keyboard parts and a cord I had saved from our last computer I offered her the idea of making her own laptop. It didn't take long before both of my daughters were excited about creating cardboard laptops.



I found the keyboard parts, cut a rectangle from cardboard (using a piece of the flap that was already in the bent position), found a couple magazines (for the screens), a tongue depressor, gathered markers and found a sheet of craft foam for buttons (glittered no less and sticky on one side).


Once we had all the pieces, my daughters stuck the foam circles I had cut out onto the cardboard. They colored their tongue depressor and then we hot glued the tongue depressor down as a space bar and I glued the keyboard buttons on with the hot glue gun.


My daughters looked through a catalog for a picture and we found some printed text from a magazine to add on as the screen. They glued these on with a glue stick.


Lastly, I cut a cord in half so they each could have a piece and I used the glue gun to attach it.



My youngest daughter was very happy with the results and I haven't heard any requests for that "other computer."


My oldest daughter drew some extra buttons and liked the idea so much she made a tiny cardboard computer for her dollhouse family as well. Now here is a computer I can feel good about letting them use whenever they want!

11 comments:

Leslie said...

What a fabulous idea! Those are so sweet! Thanks for sharing!

Kylie said...

These are to cute!

Scott said...

This is great! I can see kids having fun making these and using these. Thanks for the idea!

Mariel said...

Wonderful!!!

Jerry Gene said...

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Maggie F said...

This is a really cute idea. I was planning to buy my daughter a small toy laptop to introduce her to laptops but this is better. Maybe laptop finder would have one of these listed. LOL

Maggie <3

Brandon Hudson said...

Nice post with awesome points! Can’t wait for the next one.

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