“With nothing more than a little imagination, boxes can be transformed into forts or houses, spaceships or submarines, castles or caves. Inside a big cardboard box, a child is transported to a world of his or her own, one where anything is possible.” – National Toy Hall of Fame
When it comes to sparking your preschooler’s imagination, I know of little better than a cardboard box. The cardboard box is in the National Toy Hall of Fame for a reason. No flashing lights, sound effects, or gimmicks needed. Just a child and a simple box.
A few boxes, all by themselves, can become all sorts of things to a child. From boats to cars to secret fortresses. But, add a few extra materials and I’m sure you will be amazed at the outcomes…
… fabulously open-ended materials available that the children can easily access and combine with their box play. ~letthechildrenplay.net
- masking tape
- coloured markers
- play silks, scarves or lengths of material
- Smaller boxes or containers
- cardboard tubes
- empty yoghurt containers
- garden mesh
- carpet squares
- old sheets
- sticks or leafy branches
More Cardboard Box Fun:
The Washing Machine: Picture Credit and Tutorial Here
The Grocery Shop: ikatbag.com
The best part about this cute cardboard gas pump? Every fill-up is free!
What you’ll need: 10x8x12-inch box, 12x10x10-inch box, hot-glue gun, scissors, green paper, double-stick tape, black contact paper, X-Acto knife, 5 feet of 1/2-inch clear plastic tubing (available at hardware stores), spray bottle, green masking tape, assorted office supply stickers and labels
Make it: Assemble both boxes and hot-glue flaps shut. Position the smaller box vertically on the floor and place the larger box on top horizontally; secure in place with hot-glue gun. Cut a 6-inch square of green paper and adhere to front of bottom box, as shown, with double-stick tape. Cut the letters G, A, and S and a 3×5-inch rectangle from black contact paper. Place the letters over the green square on front and stick the rectangle on the right side panel of the top box. Use an X-Acto knife to cut a 1-inch square in the right side panel of the top box and a 1-inch hole in the top of the right side panel of the bottom box. Hot-glue one end of the clear plastic tubing to the bottom of the spray bottle and insert handle into the 1-inch square on top box to hang. Insert the opposite end of tube into the 1-inch hole in the bottom box; secure with hot-glue gun. Attach a piece of green paper to the front of the top box and secure with green masking tape. Embellish paper with assorted stickers and labels as shown. ~CraiglistDad
Maze: Work those motor skills!