Science Writer Cy Tymony Reveals 12 "Sneaky Re-uses" For Common Toys
After Christmas tons of damaged toys and packaging materials inevitably find their way into our already overflowing waste dumps. It's tempting to discard seemingly useless items but if you do, you'll miss out on some great adaptation opportunities, as well as a chance to help the environment. How? Convert them into other useful items in a "sneaky" way.
Science writer Cy Tymony, author of the new book Sneakier Uses for Everyday Things (Andrews McMeel Publishing), explains how to recycle old toys and household items into practical devices. "With a little knowledge, simple and high-tech toys - even damaged ones - can be used for amazing and educational purposes," Tymony says. "It costs next to nothing to do, so it's almost a crime to send reusable items to landfills."
Tymony gives his 12 sneaky reuses for common toys and household items in keeping with the "end-of-year list" season (project links at end):
Tymony's website, Sneakyuses.com has a free expanded "Sneaky Toy Reuses" article with details on additional toy adaptations. He suggests readers not overlook reusing other holiday staples around the house. "Milk can be turned into plastic or glue, a penny can be turned into a radio, coins and fruits can become batteries and walkie-talkies and other devices can be placed in clothing to make a 'gadget jacket.' Even gift-wrapping paper can substitute for air for 'inflating' a flat bicycle tire in a pinch," Tymony says.
A Minneapolis school has recently developed resourcefulness courses based on Cy's first book "Sneaky Uses for Everyday Things." "There are lots of items in a home that can be used to teach youngsters how things work and resourcefulness, " the author explains.
Tymony continues to research real-life stories of resourcefulness which he then posts at his website. There one can read about the boats made from milk cartons, about the window washer who used his squeegee to save himself and five other men from World Trade Center Tower One on September 11, 2001, as well as the story of the Colditz glider, an 18-foot airplane built out of materials from beds and sleeping bags by prisoners in a German war camp. Additional information is available at the author's web site: www.sneakyuses.com