Have you ever thought of making a laptop out of a humble shoe box and a plastic cake tray?
Recycle your shoe box into a Latop!
We are surrounded by all this techno stuff whether it’s smartphones, tablets, computers, or smart TVs and not forgetting gaming, with X-boxs or with a PlayStation!
I am looking to recycle a shoe box into a fun, kids-learning type of laptop.
Of course, it won’t be a real type of laptop, but a make-belief one, in this case with interchangeable parts, so in this post, we are looking at ‘shoe box crafts’
Kids are well in there with savvy knowledge walking around with their personal smartphones.
KEEP IN TOUCH!
As parents or carers, it’s our link to our kids a means to communicate, especially in case of an emergency!
So let’s get back to the laptops. I have found even as young as two, kids know that by pressing keys on the keyboard they will get some kind of change or an image up on the screen.
We are kids’ role models and unbeknown to us, they would observe and take in what we do!
Mimicking our actions and they are really like mini us!
QUICK TO LEARN!
They know if you press a button on the remote control they can change the channel.
This is so with computers or laptops only thing is the younger they are, the worse the outcome will be….. a great toy this is they may be thinking causing mayhem and loosing all your work! ouch!
They may even like banging away on the keys, like it were an instrument, a piano even, looking at you with a massive smile on their faces! oh, dear!!!
So this is a warning, do not leave your precious laptops at hand and reach for your kids to play with!
WHAT I HAVE IN MIND!
I am looking to make a laptop out of a shoe box! This will be our shoe box crafts for this project.
It will be more like a learning tool, where you can improvise your child’s learning.
Making it fun and easy to work with, where you can change the letters, numbers, and shapes as they move on.
The beauty of the shoe box is that you can store all the parts that make up the game, within it.
ADAPTING THE KEYBOARD!
I do find the keyboard quite hard for kids to learn from, so I will make it very simple and have some very large letters, numbers, and symbols.
Learning the Alphabet and numbers in sequence, adding on or changing the letters and numbers as they become more confident.
WHY IS THE KEYBOARD THE WAY IT IS!
I suppose it makes some kind of sense, we just got used to it.
When I went to school, I did a Pitman typing course, where you learn how to type using an old-fashioned typewriter, learning how to type without looking at the keyboard.
IT BECOMES SECOND NATURE!
I remembered the position of each key, by laying my hands over the keys and memorizing where the letters were.
Today I type without a thought, yet when I take my hands away, it’s hard work to remember where the letters are, I find it easier to type when I am not looking at the keys.
I reckon kids today learn as they do to type with their thumbs or two index fingers and they do this very quickly too!
Now let’s get back to the Shoebox crafts!
WHAT YOU NEED TO LOOK FOR!
HOLD ON TO YOUR SHOE BOXES!
Look for a shoe box, medium size, and a plastic cupcake holder, the one that holds 12 cupcakes. these ones you can fit within the shoe box and it sits comfortably.
The cupcake holder would be the surface to place the keys in., the numbers, letters, or shapes. This will be made clearer once you start with this project.
If you have a laminating machine, that would be super to laminate one white A4 card.
A MEANS TO WRITE ON!
No laminator, then some A4 white cards, would work trim the cards to fit inside the lid, flip over to use the back, and replace them once you have run out of space. Use a bit of blu-tack to keep it still.
LET’S MAKE A SHOE BOX LAPTOP!
1 medium size shoe box.
1 plastic cupcake tray.
A range of different coloured cards/Papers.
Scissors. Ruler (not shown)
Black felt pen (broad tip)
Different-sized round shapes to use to draw circles with.
Double-sided tape/ Glue stick.
Large sheet of coloured paper/card. (for the inside of the box)
2 long pieces of garden wire.
LET’S GET STARTED!
IDEAS BEHIND THE TIPS!
- When you open up the shoebox, it’s a laptop with a keyboard, but much more simplified.
HOW TO ATTACH
- When attaching the letters, numbers or symbols use a glue stick to gently tack them on, or a bit of blu tack, so you can replace them easily.
LETTERS, NO/S & SHAPES.
- A bit like a learning game, with corresponding, letters, numbers, and shapes. or dots. o oo ooo and so on.
- You can have capital letters on one side and lowercase letters on the other side.
- Working with colours also can be an option. Have different colours per circle and kids can have coloured board markers and as they scribble the colour you say, ‘This is orange‘ ‘This is yellow‘, and so on.
ADVANCE THEIR LEARNING.
- You can make it into a game, once your kid has mastered the first few letters and numbers, then you can make another set of each and move on with their learning.
- The whiteboard is your screen, where they can write what they see below.
- Touching each digit before they write it like they were pressing the keys on a keyboard.
LOOK AFTER THE WIRES.
- You can close the lid and the wires will bow out or slide in and when you open the lid again the wires will straighten out again, holding the lid up-right
A WIRELESS CRAFTED TOY!
The shoe box crafts is a solution to fulfilling our kid’s overwhelming desire to be on laptops, computers, PlayStation games, and more without having to plug in or use batteries.
Who would think we can use our junk to make a kids-friendly make-do laptop?
We can’t stop the progression of technology and as our kids grow up, they will be exposed to more and more technological devices.
Occasionally it is refreshing for our kids to experience hands-on with simple crafting using paper, cards, and all sorts of throw-outs to be creative explore different mediums, and be inventive, which they won’t get from watching a screen all day!
BACK TO BASICS!
This project really brings everything right back down to basics. It’s an easy and simple way to introduce your kids into the world of make-do computers!
In this case, it’s hands-on, literally where they can write or scribble digits whilst pretending the whiteboard is like a laptop or a computer screen.
MOVE THEM ON!
As your kids get quicker or perfect their letter, number, or shape formation, you can upgrade or move on with more letters of the alphabet and more numbers.
THINGS TO WORK ON!
- You model the letters, numbers, and shapes and your kids can trace over them.
- Rub out and allow your child to guess how to draw the shapes.
- Faintly draw the outlines of the letters etc. and they can trace over them.
- Write three letter words like:-
- cat, mat, fat, sat. then put them into sentences:- The fat cat sat on the mat.
- Do simple sums:- 1+1=2
- Use dots as well as numbers like:-
- 2 •• 3 ••• 4 ••• and so on. Kids will start to recognize symbolic grouping of numbers, like on dice.
LOOKING FOR A SIMILAR TOY?
CHECK THIS OUT!
If you like the idea of things being on a very basic format, with no batteries or flashing lights and endless screen time, but looks just like the real thing, then check out KIDLY UK
HERE ARE THE FEATURES!
They offer this super wooden laptop, with make make-believe keyboard and a screen that is just a blackboard.
Kids can scribble, letters, numbers, or any kind of wording, rub out, and practice again and again.
Suitable for kids from 2 years upwards.
When closed your kids can carry it around as it has a nifty handle.
Easy to transport wherever you go with your family, and your kids can whip it out and start to get down to some serious paperwork!
Hey there, when you click on links in this post and you make a purchase, I may earn a small commission that l can use towards resources (other than throw-outs) for project making within my website😀
HELPING OUR PLANET!
So what are we doing as a conscious nation wanting to protect our planet and do our bit?
Well for one, it’s cutting back or thinking about how to reduce our energy supplies and recycling as much as we can, ultimately reducing landfill sites managing sustainable waste, and protecting our oceans, and the sea life that exists within it! This is the way to go, don’t you think?
CHECK THIS OUT!
So what do you do once your PC, Laptop, or MacBook gets old? Would you take it to the dump yard, or simply leave it to gather cobwebs?
You could pass it on to another member of your family, or charity, but if it’s had its day and it’s no longer useable then have you thought of recycling it in a good way?
Let’s remember and I am sure most kids will know the three ‘R’s’……….. Reduce-Reuse-Recycle’
Wait a minute you might think, how?
Let me introduce to you this super site:-
They offer a free service, where you can take your old tech, and they will glady recycle it for you.
So, now knowing this service, I took along with me 5 broken-down gadgets, two, shredders, one small TV, a broken fan, and a printer to a Currys store.
They welcomed me and took all items for recycling and on top of that, I was offered a £5 voucher to spend at the store!
All in a good day’s work! Don’t you think?
JUST AN ADDED NOTE!
Our kids as well as us adults, can get quite wrapped up in our laptops, computers, or Playstations and we can overlook the fact that our eyes will ultimately suffer.
Too much gazing at light emanating from our screens can tire our eyes and in hand even though we have had a good night’s sleep, our eyes would have paid dearly.
Waking up with tired, burning, or itching eyes with heavy a head is due to overworked eyes.
We all need to take care of our eyes and there is a simple solution….Yes limit the amount of time your kids have access to their techno gadgets, but also follow this rule.
HOW TO HELP YOUR EYES!
20-20 -20 rule. Every 20 minutes look away and find an object about 20 feet away for 20 seconds.
Looking at an object at least 20 feet away relaxes the eyes. Looking at something close up for a long time will strain the eyes.
I find ‘palming’ helps relieve my eyes and relax them, this is the process of rubbing the palms of your hands together and placing them gently over your closed eyes for about five minutes sometimes even longer.
With the warmth from your hands and by blackening out the light, will make such a difference to your eyes. Your eyes will feel revitalized and refreshed.
It’s like wrapping up your eyes in warm blankets and giving them tender loving care. You should try it and see for yourself!
TOO MUCH SCREEN TIME!
Also looking at the screen too long reduces your blinking and you get dry eyes, known as ‘dry eye syndrome’ so blinking rapidly will help lubricate the eyes.