Welcome to Toy Land

Legos and train sets and dolls, oh my! Wherever you go in the world—and for many years back in history—toys, in one form or another, are part of being a kid. But have you ever wondered who thinks up all of these things? Or how they’re designed? Or why some toys are hot for a minute and gone the next? In this Camp Kinda adventure, we’ll dive into the world of play, from the making of toys to toy ideas that, well, didn’t turn out quite as planned.

what you’ll need

  • Your Camp Kinda toolkit
  • Colorful paper (origami paper is great, but construction paper works too)
  • Clear tape (regular and double-sided)
  • Household objects like pillows and blankets and an assortment of toys
  • A stick (find one outside!)
  • Paper towel or toilet paper rolls
  • Small juice or milk cartons
  • Paper cups
  • A paper plate
  • Paint
  • Popsicle sticks
  • 2 plastic bottle caps (bigger ones, like from a Gatorade bottle)
  • A small screw
  • A screwdriver
  • Cotton yarn (40 inches recommend)
  • A magazine for decorations
  • A lid from a Pringles can (eat the yummy chips while you create!)
  • Googly eyes and other craft embellishments (optional)

weekly family activity

Mr. Magorium's Wonder Emporium is a family fantasy film about, you guessed it, a magical toy store. Break out the popcorn and make this one a movie night special. (As always, check out the Common Sense Media review to make sure it's a good fit for your family.)

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