Ahh cardboard boxes, they’re fabulous things aren’t they? It’s funny how the simplest of things can keep kids happy. The great thing about boxes is that they can be absolutely anything in the world with a bit of imagination.
I remember Jacob’s first Christmas where he spent ages having the time of his life playing with all of the packaging and boxes that his presents had been wrapped in, and I’m sure I’m not the only parent to say that 😉
This week’s activity was inspired by a huge box that we had left over from a furniture delivery.
For ages I’d had this idea of letting Jacob loose on a big box with a load of felt pens, so once we were left with this huge box that would have otherwise been shredded and recycled; we decided to put it to good use and let Jacob play in it.
And as predicted the boy loved it!
We are usually very conservative with Jacob and drawing pens (due two one or two incidents with a felt pen and a wall) and so we usually have to keep a very close eye on Jacob when he has them just in case another pen decides to stray from the paper again.
So this time it was lovely just to let him go mad and scribble all over the box and do whatever he wanted with it, and as he played we noticed that he didn’t once try to draw on anything else; perhaps because he was given the freedom to draw without us confining him to just a small piece of paper. It was lovely to see him enjoy himself and explore his creativity without being restricted like he usually is.
Whatever the reason though, we all had great fun playing together in the box. We all did different things, I’d draw little pictures while Jacob tested every pen we owned (usually over my drawings) and covered the box in lots of lovely colourful scribbles. Rhys would shout “EARTHQUAKE!” and shake the box while Jacob sat in it squealing and bursting into fits of laughter. Even Nic enjoyed himself- being at that inquisitive age he explored every crease in that box.
It’s fab that such a simple little thing can be the source of so much entertainment. We have kept the box and have played in it several times since then, each time its something different (and gets a bit more battered each time). I love that this is such a versatile activity, each game is different, no two will be the same. I’ve since given the box a makeover and turned it into a (very battered looking) castle 🙂
In a world that’s all about technology and fancy toys that light up sing dance and whatever else, it’s a relief to know that you don’t have to go to any great expense buying flashy complicated toys to keep your small entertained; sometimes it really is the little things that are most effective. Not only are these cheap and simple but they offer hours of fun and are great for your little one’s imagination and development 🙂