This smart mom saves parents money by showing them how to make elaborate toys – out of a cardboard box.
Engineer and mother of two, Nazdar Taybib builds everything from kitchen sets to pirate ships and shares videos for online tutorials so others can learn and enjoy.
Nazdar also makes school buses with toys, toasters, cars, washing machines and whatever their five-year-old son and two-year-old daughter want.
“I know some parents can’t buy their kids things like playhouses or play kitchens because they’re expensive, so why not make them out of cardboard?” said Nazdar, who lives in Tennessee.
“I think it’s more fun to do with your hands and your child will love it. My son asked if I could make a pirate ship, so I built a pirate ship.
“They said, ‘Can you make me a food truck?’ “So I’m building a food truck.”
Nazdar started making her no-budget creations two years ago and last year she launched a YouTube channel, Boxy World, to help other parents save money and get creative.
Each toy is designed to be neatly folded for storage.
“You can fold it, divide it, and save it for later,” says Nazdar.
“I put everything in my big closet and just ask my kids what they wanted to play with.
“Kids get bored quickly, play with them for a while and then they get bored.
“So the box is good because it’s free and cheap and very easy to find.
“I only buy duct tape and paint that can be washed, or sometimes I don’t paint at all. It really didn’t cost me much. “
Nazdar spends about four hours for each item and encourages other parents to try it if they have the time.
“If you want to get started, your kids will love it,” she said.
“My kids love to play with them and my son sometimes even helps me paint.
“It’s a pleasant and fun experience.”