We somehow ended up with a few extra PVC frame laundry hampers in our home. So, as is usually the case, my creative toddler discovered a way to repurpose it. Toby asked me about taking it apart. I thought, “sure, why not?”
So, for the next hour, our kitchen became an engineering construction site. Toby gleefully pulled apart the PVC pipes and connector pieces, reconfigured them in various arrangements.
The hamper became a car, a boat, among other things. We rebuilt it into its original form, and then draped our play fort fabrics over it (see how we made our own fabric play fort kit from old sheets).
I ended up keeping the hamper, as it inspired so much creative play.
A few days later, I noticed Toby’s little brother using the hamper for a different purpose — Zack was pushing it around the floor happily. The hamper was also a DIY baby walker! It definitely came in handy during those few transition weeks as my not-quite-a-baby-anymore learned to walk on his own.
Take a peek at some of the pictures below…
So, overall, I’d say this activity was a success. Toby got to use some problem-solving skills and have fun constructing. We didn’t spend a time, and in the end I still had my PVC hamper available for use (although I have to say, it’s been officially repurposed as a kid toy by now).