Suggested Family Activity • Playing with Boxes

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Suggested Family Activity • Playing with Boxes

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Do you have lots and lots of carboard boxes hanging around your house and are not sure what to do with them?  Has your family ever explored the endless possibilities that are found with an empty cardboard box?  For young children, empty boxes can be turned into a treehouse perched high in the sky, a pirate ship sailing on the sea or a secret palace hidden away from the rest of the world.  All they need is the power of their imagination!  And if you want to let them get really creative, they can also use crayons, markers, stickers or even paint to turn their cardboard box into their ship, palace or fort.  You can also make an awesome maze for them to travel through with large cardboard boxes taped together with duct tape.  Cut a few windows and doors in between various ones and you might keep your children entertained for hours.

Smaller cardboard boxes can be covered with pretty paper, such as leftover wallpaper or wrapping paper, to make decorative storage containers.  Or you can cover them with a solid colored piece of paper and let your children decorate the box with crayons, markers, or stickers to make storage containers for their rooms.  With gardening season upon us, you can also use small cardboard boxes lined with plastic bags to start plant seeds or even to make low-cost planters for inside your home.  Flattened cardboard boxes are also great to use outside to put over areas where you are trying to prevent weeds from growing.  A handy trick is to water the cardboard, so it stays where you put it, then cover it with a layer of dirt of mulch.