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Five creative ways with cardboard boxes for you and your child


Posted: 16 February 2012
by Fiona McKim

1. Create a puppet theatre
Take a medium sized rectangular box and cut off one of the lid flaps, then tape the other one closed, leaving a rectangular opening which will form the stage. Take two rectangular pieces of fabric and attach them either side of the gap gathering the material a little to form curtains. Cut a hole either in the top or bottom of the box (depending on whether the theatre is for hand puppets or marionettes) and then for the fun part; get creative with your child and decorate his stage with pens, paints, fabrics and glitter.

2. Fashion some smart storage
When their original contents are taking up every nook and cranny of your household, it may seem that cardboard boxes are just another form of clutter, when in fact they can provide a handy storage solution for toys. Get together with your child to decorate large cardboard boxes with whatever materials you have around the house. Try using coloured tissue, glitter and stickers or create a collage from newspaper and magazine cuttings then cover the finished article with laminate roll to give a protective glossy finish.

3. Build a hotel
Stack several small boxes on top of each other with the openings facing the same way and your child has the foundations of his very own hotel. The opportunities to be creative here are endless as every room can have different décor and furniture; cut curtains and bedclothes out of fabric, use string to pull up a lift and put posters on the walls. This is a great task if you have more than one child as they can each put their individual stamp on their own rooms.

4. Fill a memory box
Old shoeboxes are the perfect size for you and your child to create a keepsake box. Encourage him to personalise the box with wrapping paper, stickers and drawings then fill it with photographs, school reports, little toys and anything else that he would like to remind himself of in the future. As well as being a fun creative project, this is also a great way to open a dialogue with your child about what items or memories are most important to him.

5. Cook up a storm
Many children love to play with fake food and kitchens, and cardboard is the perfect material to create a make-believe feast with your child. Take a large circle of thick card, paint it red apart from a one inch border then cut the circle into eight slices and you have a pizza base ready to be loaded with toppings. Little circles of card make perfect pepperoni or tomato slices, or paint a large square of card yellow and cut it into shreds for realistic grated cheese. Allow your child’s imagination to run riot – if in his opinion chocolate, cheese and mushrooms are the perfect pizza topping this is the one time he can have his way. Other fun foods to create from card are a full English breakfast, hamburgers and cupcakes.

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Harry loves a big cardboard box to play with. He is not short on toys but the cardbox wins mostly! He has made a bridge for mountain climbing, a hotel, a bedroom, a robot and the list goes on and one

He has one brilliant little imagination! Love it!!

Posted: 23/02/2012 at 20:14

You know these storage boxes could turn out to be a great way to entertain the kids if you're in the midst of moving home. If you're thinking about how to move house when you have kids, you know that entertaining them while you're starting to unpack and gets things in order would probably rank quite high on the to-do list! If you can figure out how to use all those storage boxes and turn it into something fun for the kids or even getting them involved with the unpacking, I'd say that you're set for it!

Posted: 08/08/2017 at 15:38

When you are going to personalize your containers with the cardboard material then it is very imperative to keep in mind the thickness of the cardboard. There are some products that have to be packaged in thick cardboard pacakging boxes. These cases are made from premium quality of cardboard material to ensure the quality of the packaging.

These cases are proficient enough to deal and bear any type of shock or abrasion. They keep the products good as new and save them from getting any type of damage. These cases can be shaped, glued or taped easily. They are utilized to store products like cosmetics, food items, books, shoes, clothes and many others.

Posted: 28/09/2017 at 07:48

When you are going to personalize your containers with the cardboard material then it is very imperative to keep in mind the thickness of the cardboard. There are some products that have to be packaged in thick cardboard pacakging boxes. These cases are made from premium quality of cardboard material to ensure the quality of the packaging.

These cases are proficient enough to deal and bear any type of shock or abrasion. They keep the products good as new and save them from getting any type of damage. These cases can be shaped, glued or taped easily. They are utilized to store products like cosmetics, food items, books, shoes, clothes and many others.

Posted: 28/09/2017 at 08:05

I don't usually keep storage boxes especially since they rot easily when they get in touch with moisture. However, I do agree that they can actually serve many more purposes other than to provide storage alone. It is a matter of creativity that you need to dig up from within you to make full use of them to their utmost capability.

Posted: 29/05/2018 at 05:24

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