10 Amazing Things You Can Do With A Cardboard Box And Bored Kids

shutterstock_103997795__1375446850_74.134.205.46Everyone has a cardboard box. If you don’t have one, come on over because I have roughly a gazillion broken down in my garage in case I should ever need them. But after cruising around the internets I may have to find new uses for them this weekend, due to the fact so many brilliant parents out there are making some amazing things out of them. One of the universal truths about parenting is that kids always seem to love the boxes that new toys come in more than the actual toys, and I can attest to this. A few weeks ago I purchased a large light fixture online and the box it arrived in was gigantic and filled with packing worms. I was all ready to dump the worms and break it down for recycling until my kids freaked out and demanded they play in it all day, which they did, closing the box and both hiding in it. If any of these look like fun to you, you can also head on over to your local self-ove truck rental joint because they usually have brand new boxes for sale, or check your grocery and see if they have any used ones they can give you.

Add Holiday Lights For An Insta-Magic Cave 

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Just poke holes in the top, stick in lights and voila!

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Make It Into An Ice-Cream Cart 

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If you follow this link you can go to Deanna Moore‘s page where she shows you this ridiculously adorable ice cream cart and where you can buy printables to make your own ice cream themed party. One of the cutest and most fun looking parties I have ever seen.

Make It Into A House 

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There are some gorgeous cardboard playhouses out there, but I am very fond of the ones where you can tell a child took part in the decorating.

Make A Garage For Cars 

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Or A Home For Fishies 

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Look what Mama Pea Pod made for her daughter! She has the tutorial at the link, and yay, it involves glitter glue.

Or A Home For Your Cat 

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 Little Pink Monster has the tutorial and she says it will provide “at least one hour” of entertainment. Sold.

Or A House For Birdies 

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Tea Wagon Tales made these little houses and added little craft store birds to them to hang on the wall.

 Fill It With Sand Or Rice For Sensory Fun 

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And you can go to Miss January for more cardboard box fun. My kids would probably make a bit of a mess with this, so I would throw down a shower curtain or plastic tablecloth first.

Or Turn One Into A Giant Learning Tool 

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From the Imagination Tree. I love this idea. I can see little kids playing with this for eons. And it costs a lot less than buying them the sort of counting activity center you find in waiting rooms.

Get Started On Those Halloween Costumes 

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And As A Bonus

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Because cats are a lot like kids, there is nothing better than a cardboard box.

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    • LiteBrite

      I love everything about these ideas and will remember them for future. We tend to get rid of our boxes right away because I hate clutter, but I think I’ll start pilfering empty boxes from work and trying these out.

      I did bring home an empty paper box once. It was used a train for awhile until the boy got bored. Now it’s sitting in our living room with a blanket in it for the cats, who don’t use it either.

    • LadyClodia

      For the sensory one those are cheerios in the picture, which is a neat idea. Built in snack! There are cheerios all over our playroom at least once a day anyway.
      At the moment there is a large box in the middle of the playroom with a shoe box in it and whatever else my toddler can fit in there.
      My 4 year is not inclined towards crafts at all, so I’d end up doing all of the work on some of these. My toddler seems to enjoy crafts more, so maybe I’ll just have to wait a few years for stuff like this.

    • Rachel Sea

      Best toy I ever had were the 6 giant boxes in which my parent’s dining room chairs were shipped.

    • Maria

      I don’t get it. When I was a kid, My sister and I played with giant furniture boxes – made a playhouse, a fort, a plane, etc. My parents didn’t do it for me. The whole point was that WE wanted to make something that we show off and then play with.
      Why does all play time have to be directly by adults? Give a kid a box, and leave him alone. When he gets tired of it, pitch it. When the next box shows up, let him make something new.

      • http://Mommyish.com/ Eve Vawter

        when we were kids we ruled. Kids today need creativity nudges. We had no ipads

      • Maria

        That’s sad. Where’s the joy in being a kid?

      • http://Mommyish.com/ Eve Vawter

        Nah I’m joking I said above my kids played in a box with no help :)

      • Maria

        Ha ha! I knew you were joking about plugging it in. I was just saying that’s it’s sad that kids need creativity nudges. That’s the best time of life because you haven’t learned to be embarrassed or worry that something’s not good enough – you just do what makes you happy. It’s later in life that those simple creative flights get stifled because you worry what other people will think.

      • http://Mommyish.com/ Eve Vawter

        It’s SO sad that we lose that

    • http://itsmyworldcanthasnotyours.blogspot.com/ wmdkitty

      It’s true! If you want to catch a cat (or a small child), put out boxes.

    • Blahblah

      I’m going to need a magical light cove for—practicing playing with my kid. Yeah, that’s right.

      Bonus for watching cats play in boxes is super fun. Well, not when you’re stumbling out to go pee for the third time at two in the morning and one runs out to smack you and runs back in her box.

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    • Niharika Singh

      awesome blog..Carton boxes sale

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