We had a new oven delivered last week after ours decided to stop working a while back and of course the most exciting part about that was the box! When you get the chance to keep one of those extra-large cardboard boxes, grab them and marvel at the entertainment it will give your children.
- fill it with sensory box materials (I tipped in a bag of popsticks – that’s it!! The kids were in there for ages with nothing but popsicle sticks, posting them in and out of the side flaps.)
- use it as a cubbyhouse by cutting door and window flaps
- make a shop, restaurant or cafe and “cook” inside it
- put a set of crayons, pencils or textas inside for some drawing fun
- paint it (outside on the back lawn!)
- leave it outside for some imaginative play
- join it together with other boxes to make a maze of tunnels. (I remember as a child having a stack of smaller boxes all joined together in our garage for us to crawl through. There were flaps in the tops so that we could stand up and look out.)
- make a puppet theatre
- use it as a quiet time place with some pillows, books, teddies and quiet toys. (Good for after lunch rest times when older children are no longer napping.)
- Make a fast food van, cardboard box train, playhouse, aeroplane or a cave of stars.
- create an outdoor box playground
- make a cardboard play kitchen, ball or beanbag target practise box or a play city for dinky cars. Pics here.)
- turn it into a dolls house
- make a parking garage to “fix” your trike in
- sail a viking ship perhaps?
- fill up at a petrol pump with a variety of vehicles
- pull each other in a sled and enjoy a cute outdoor play setting
- create in an art studio in a box
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