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.
More art & craft inspiration from junior:
Print out and keep activity sheets by Disney's Spooky Buddies
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