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DIY Month: Retro Toys

Old school red View Finder toy

In our last post, we shared information about making your own set of virtual reality glasses. We want to continue this DIY trend. Have you ever made a slinky, yo-yo, or view master? Well, now you can! While we love looking forward to the future (we’re thinking about virtual reality again), we also like to look back and imagine life as a little child. Today, we’re inviting you to join the rest of our residents at Laguna Place in making retro toys. Bring a new light of fun to your Kissimmee, FL apartment. If you have kids, they’re sure to love them too!

Yo-yo: The first historical mention of the yo-yo was in the year 500 B.C., which goes a lot further back than we expected. These toys are fun and engaging, and they’re just as simple to play with as they are to make. You’ll need a couple of caps that are the same size, string, glue, a small round thing, and about ten minutes to spare. For the full instructions, check out this article: How to Make a Great Yoyo.

Slinky: This is a fun new take on the classic metal toy. Made with paper, this origami slinky is a fun, colorful 4-step project. If you own a classic metal slinky, check out this awesome project where someone made a slinky escalator.

View-Master: First introduced at the New York World’s Fair in 1939, the View-Master became a popular device which showcased classic television characters. Today, View-Masters are still popular, but the possibilities are wide open. Create custom reels in your apartment. Then, order them in addition to your very own viewer. This is a great gift for any occasion, or just keep it for yourself if you want. (Keep in mind that these can get pretty pricey!)

We hope you have fun with these DIY retro toy projects. Let us know which one is your favorite by leaving a comment. We hope your month ends on a high note!