Children are obsessed by the adult world. They watch adults working on laptops, for example, and recreate their toys into these computers for pretend play. According to Scholastic, children learn by imagining and copying adult behaviour. Children ages three to five are experimenting with social and thinking skills when pretending in play. One of the best ways to nurture this development is offering empty boxes for children to play with. To help children make a laptop using a pizza box, offer them markers or crayons to add the details.
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Things you need
- Pizza box
- Craft paper
- Aluminium foil
- Crayons or markers
- 10 inches of string or yarn
Clean out the used pizza box before the child starts his project. Most children will start straightaway designing their boxes into laptops, but other children may need some guidance. If you can, ask a pizza restaurant for a new box in a small size.
Cut out craft paper with scissors to cover the top of the pizza box. Use safety scissors if your child is planning on doing the cutting. Once it is done, glue the paper down so it covers the images on the top of the pizza box. This will give it a more realistic look and a blank area for child to draw a computer logo.
Cut out foil to create a screen inside the pizza box top. It should be a rectangle shape. Glue it into place. Cut out a rectangular shaped keyboard that fits into the bottom inside of the pizza box. Be sure it is large enough for a touchpad area.
Provide your child with crayons or markers to decorate the computer. He should draw a logo on the top of the laptop and he may want to add designs around the screen area. The child should create the keyboard keys and the touchpad area with the crayons or markers.
Glue the keyboard into place. If he also wants a mouse als, cut out an oval the size of his hand from the cardboard. Children should decorate it also. Glue on string or yarn to the back of the mouse.
Tips and warnings
- Give your child the supplies to come up with his own version of a laptop.
- Kids can make most anything out of cardboard boxes. Many kids do not need any help creating pretend toys.
- Adult supervision is needed when working on this project.
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