Thursday, August 17, 2006

Who needs Toys-R-Us?

As you can see, toys can be made with whatever's around!

These boys (or maybe one of their friends) made this truck out of sticks. I didn't have time to look at the wheels to see how they were made.


The Lone Beader said...

Most kids in America wouldn't know what to do if you presented them with the same materials used to make that truck. They're too busy playing thei video games to figure it out....

janiners said...

that's awesome! we need those kind of kids over here in our lives and those kind of minds in our work force. pretty cool!

3rdfloor20 said...

The wheels look like the old Tinker Toys we used to play with when I was a boy. That and Legos. I don't know what happened to Legos. When I was a boy I had buckets and buckets of them. My brother and I played with them for hours, building airplanes and houses. They really challenged our minds with shapes and math, etc, not to mention to get a feel for design. Now Legos are priced way beyong belief (they're plastic, for Christ's sake) and they are already pre formuated so kids don't use their imaginations, they just have to put together the airplane or pirate ship that has already been designed for them.

OK, I'll get off my soapbox now.

Fredrick said...

Brings back memories!

I grew up in Nairobi and i can tell you that i've made my fare share of those toy cars (not to mention others playthings like soccer balls)

The tires are made from old rubber sandals. The process is simple; find a right-sized bottle top and press on firmly onto the sandal. This should leave a perfectly round imprint, in which case you just use a knife to cut along the outline.

I dont know if it was just the pyschology of making something from scratch, but these toys were that much more fun than ones from the store. Plus ofcourse, massive bragging rights were at stake over who could make the best car in terms of design and practicability.

They could also be made from wire coat hangers or metal containers.

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