Did you ever make these as kids?
We made them with tin cans and Dixie cups. It was so fun to pretend we were talking on the phone with a friend!
This morning I gathered the art supplies, and had my kids gather around the table.
They were so excited to make telephones. My oldest loves telephones, so this was particularly fun for him. After we were done putting them together, they played with them for at least an hour. Each of us had an opportunity to chat with him on the phone.
I found that this craft actually had some added benefits!
1. I did the craft with them, and rather than just scribbling on a paper for 3 seconds, my kids actually took time to really decorate their papers to cover the plastic cups.
2. My kids have a Crayola roller stamp set, so we talked about the different figures on the stamp, which initiated a lot of conversation.
3. Afterward, while we talked on the phone, I discovered that this was a great way to help grow my children’s language skills.
“Telephone” will probably be a game (and craft) we do quite often around here from now on.
Here is how you can make string and cup phones with your children
Paper or plastic cups
StringSomething sharp to poke a hole in the bottom of the cup
a. Let your kids decorate the paper however they want, using markers, stamps, stickers, crayons, or sequins. Just be sure that you don’t glue too many things to the paper, or it wont stick to the cup.
b. Lay the cup down on the paper, with the bottom slightly below the edge of the paper, and measure how the width you need to cut to cover the outside of the cup.
c. Cut the proper strip of paper and lay across the cup. You’ll need to do some trimming to make the paper stick flush to the outside of the cup. Tape as you go.
d. Using a sharp tool or knife, carefully make a hole in the bottom of the cup.
e. Cut a strip of yarn and feed through the hole.
f. Knot the end of the yarn.
Repeat steps b-d and f with a second cup, using the same strip of yarn so that you have a cup on both ends.
Now watch as your kids take you back in time to the good ole’ days when most toys weren’t battery operated or did things for you; when you had to use your own creative imagination to make them work!
This post is day 24 of the series: 31 Days of Screen Free Activities for Kids. To see all of the posts in this series visit this page.