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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