Creating Frankentoys

Making Frankentoys out of Old Toys

frankentoys made at childrens museum of sonoma county

Ages 5+ (younger children may need adult supervision/help)

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Using old toys and a bunch of tools, children (and adults!) use their imagination, take apart old playthings, and create something completely brand new.


Deconstruct(ion), construct(ion), tools, grasp, twist, sew, glue

frankentoys made at childrens museum of sonoma county


  • Safety goggles/kids’ sunglasses
  • Any old toys you might have
  • Tools, such as:
    • Pliers
    • Scissors
    • Screwdrivers
    • Hammers
  • Drill or Electric Screwdriver – parental supervision possibly required
  • Hot glue gun
  • Needles and thread
  • Extra craft items, such as:
    • Fabric pieces
    • Ribbon
    • Googly eyes
    • Etc.


The concept is that the children (and adults!) will take apart the old toys and join the pieces together to create new, innovative, creative ones. There is no right or wrong way to do this, and it’s essentially to let the children just go with their imaginations.

CMOSC’s RULES OF FRANKENTOYS – these are our rules for when we run this program; feel free to use or adapt as necessary for your home (these are for SAFETY, that is all):

  1. Share your materials – toys AND tools!
  2. Wear safety gear AT ALL TIMES
  3. Use tools properly
    • Pliers are only used for popping off limbs and other parts, and not for cutting. Scissors are used for cutting off loose limbs, but not to be used as pliers. Screwdrivers are meant for unscrewing parts and carefully popping up seams, not as knives. 
  4. Think before doing (especially since we are using tools!!)
  5. Ask for help! It’s why we’re here!


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