Making Good: Repairing Toys

making-good-repairing-toys-juicygreenmomIt’s time for some repairing to get done on the “Making Good” blog train! I’ll admit that sometimes I succumb to laziness and don’t repair all the things I can before letting something go (hopefully recycling it if possible!). Repair is a great “R” to add to the list of “R”s for the earth – to keep something out of the landfill and save you from having to replace it! Maegan at Mae and K posted yesterday about repairing cassette tapes (man, that takes me back!!), and today is my turn! 

My daughter hit the Lalaloopsy craze and a lot of the toys are no longer available new (plus it makes me feel so guilty to buy tons of toys new with all that nasty packaging) – so I was thrilled when I found someone on my local swap page who had the Mini Lalaloopsy Silly Funhouse to sell for cheap! Only problem with it was a part that had broken off. The little tracks for the hot air balloon had broken off and I decided I could repair it. If it was just for decoration (you may notice that the little flag on top had also broken off but I didn’t bother with that) I probably wouldn’t have made an effort to try to repair it, but the little hot air balloon ride was such a cute feature that I wanted to give it a go.

At first I thought maybe some thick wire, like floral wire, might do the trick, but it was too bendy. I thought about using some kind of bungee cord but that was too thick to be able to fit around the little (nubbins) where it needed to go. I needed something rigid that would fit into the sides of the balloon so that it would stay in place and just slide across as opposed to moving out completely from the track. Finally I had a brainwave – wooden skewer sticks!making-good-close-up-juicygreenmom

This little repair made me so happy because it used things I already had sitting in a drawer, and it made the toy more functional and fun for my daughter. With some rougher play, it has come apart, but it is easy enough to put back so I’m pretty satisfied with it!

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This post is part of a blog train hosted by Agatha from Green Issues by Agy on “Making Good”. Keep following the train tomorrow with Vanessa at Sweet Leigh and see what she’s been “making good”.

What is repair, and why do we even bother to repair the things we have? Some see repair as a way of reconnecting with our possessions as we extend their lives. Others see it as a form of creative potential and an avenue to express their craft. The rewards for mending varies from feeling immense satisfaction to prolonging the life of the product. Follow the “Making Good” blog train this month and see what we have repaired and reconnected with.

Have you mended anything today?

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8 Comments

  1. May 20, 2015    

    Perfect save! My little one breaks pretty much everything, so I’m constantly fixing toys! 🙂 Lisa

    • May 20, 2015    

      It really is such a wasteland of broken toys when you have a little one – gotta salvage what you can!

  2. May 20, 2015    

    What a smart fix! And I think its actually much cooler than the original! Well done!

  3. May 20, 2015    

    That’s a great save, and it’s brilliant that you used skewer sticks. I’m wondering how your little one feels about the repair now. She will most likely be looking at things differently.

    • May 20, 2015    

      Thank you! I sure hope that little things like this will teach her to think before discarding things in our disposable society. We need to raise our children to treat our planet better than we have.

  4. May 21, 2015    

    what a cool looking toy!! I missed out on these with my kids 🙁 great idea for repair and now it’s ready for tons of play 🙂

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