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While at a friend's house I noticed that my kids loved playing with a toy vacuum cleaner, they even fought over it to see who could play with it. Naturally I wanted to harness this interest so that I could spend more time relaxing and have my kids spend more time working. Its never too early to train your kids to do all the house work.

Thus I set out on my quest to make a vacuum cleaner small enough that they could push it around the house with little effort. The problem with most vacuum cleaners is that there is either electrical lines in the top of the handle or the handle itself is a thick piece of plastic. Then I found a cheap Bissell 3 in 1 vacuum cleaner. Its basically a hand held vacuum with a metal pole attachment, and it was only $18 at Walmart. The pole is key to allow for shortening the vacuum cleaner. The only down side is that it doesn't provide much suction as an upright vac. But good enough for the kids to suck up their mess. I can always come by later with a stronger vacuum for a more thorough cleaning.

Step 1: Vacuum and Tools

So you will need a vacuum and a few tools to complete this project.

Vacuum: Bissell 3 in 1 vacuum. $18 from Walmart


Tools:
Hacksaw
Pen
Power drill
5/16th drill bit
Philips screw driver
This just made my day I already have this for me when I don't feel like sweeping all these wood floors. So now I don't have to buy him anything I can just adjust it for him so he can help like he wants to.
<p>I made this as a Christmas present for my 3 1/2 year old. He loves vacuums. I looked all over for a vacuum that I could modify to his size while keeping it quiet and light weight. I saw this and boom! I knew it was perfect. My son loved it! It was the only gift he cared about. Thank you for the awesome idea!</p>
I did this today. It turned out great! Thank you!
bueno <br>
the picture in step 4 looks like a gun
I haven't read the whole thing yet, but already find the idea more than awesome. My little one loves to help anyways,so this would be just the right thing. Unfortunately, we don't have any carpet at home. But maybe I'll try with a shortened mop ;-)

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