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Cardboard Boxes as Kid Activities -- Keeping Them Busy!

Updated on October 19, 2014

Boxes--They might have contained furniture or large appliances before, but now they contain imagination!

I know that when I was a kid, it was a great delight when my folks came home with a large appliance or something else that required a large box. My folks might have enjoyed whatever came in the box, but my sister and I would put the box through a workout. That box would become a spaceship or a submarine or an airplane ... or a playhouse, a fort, or a castle.

So, if it's a miserable rainy or bad-weather day or your kids are stuck at home with the sniffles, how do you keep the boredom from getting to them (and to keep them from causing you to lose your mind)? Maybe a good selection of boxes will give them something to exercise their creativity and craftsmanship.

Chances are good that you could go out into your garage and find a cardboard box or two (or three). But if that's not an option, you can always run over to the UPS Store or a Public Storage place and pick up some nice large boxes and moving boxes.

Maybe pick up a few markers (the wash-off water-color versions are great for the younger kiddos), some packing tape (masking tape or duct tape also works), and bring those boxes home and you can get started.

Use a little imagination (even better, let the kids use their own imagination--to get it started, read them a story --or let them read on their own--about spaceships, submarines, trains, ships, trucks, forts, and castles), and supervise with the assembly and cutting (for the younger kids, you'll have to cut the "portholes", "doors", "windows", "peepholes" and other openings and constructions yourself).

The sky is the limit with how far you can go with the project.


Those long boring days stuck in a house during bad weather can be much better with a collection of cardboard boxes!

The Cardboard Box Book: 25 Things to Make and Do with and Empty Box
The Cardboard Box Book: 25 Things to Make and Do with and Empty Box

When being sick or having bad weather keeps the kiddos in the house, to avoid losing your sanity, you can't go wrong with having this book along with a nice collection of new or used cardboard boxes.

This book provides information on the tools and techniques available to create masterpieces (well, actually FUN projects!) with a collection of cardboard boxes. The boxes don't have to be huge -- in fact, the book even covers how to use small boxes to build interesting things. Definitely worth getting to avoid having that bored kid or bunches of kids at home fussing that there's nothing to do. Get your copy now!

 

Flat, Pristine, Cardboard....Full of Possibilities for Wild Imaginations!

Flat, Pristine, Cardboard....Full of Possibilities for Wild Imaginations!
Flat, Pristine, Cardboard....Full of Possibilities for Wild Imaginations!

Empty box on a drive-way, ready for new adventures!

Empty box on a drive-way, ready for new adventures!
Empty box on a drive-way, ready for new adventures!
Cardboard boxes, flattened, ready for repurposing!
Cardboard boxes, flattened, ready for repurposing!

What a cardboard box can become...

Sheets of flat cardboard can be used as "building sheets" and cardboard tubes can be used for supports. Sides of large cardboard boxes can be cut off to be used for the large "building sheets". But the cardboard boxes themselves can be used for play structures. For little kids, an unaltered box is sufficient to keep them busy for hours.

When I see an empty box -- especially the big ones -- I think of all the possibilities. A spaceship? A submarine? A party house? A limousine? A bus? An airplane? -- So many possibilities. And what's cool is that lately I've been seeing empty boxes everywhere! (And it's particularly cool that I have a small pickup truck--perfect way to haul excess cardboard!).

When I was in Colorado visiting my sister and her family, she and I were heading back from the store when we spied an empty air-conditioner box on a driveway. We asked if we could have the box--and the folks at the home said, "Of course." It was lucky that my sister was driving a station wagon--we folded the seats down and managed to get the box into the car--the box could be a fun playhouse for our 5-year old granddaughter and the neighbor kids!

Some boxes ready for new purposes! Just give the kids a chance .... and get out of the way!

Some boxes ready for new purposes!  Just give the kids a chance .... and get out of the way!
Some boxes ready for new purposes! Just give the kids a chance .... and get out of the way!

All About Boxes!

Although you can probably come up with a bunch of spur-of-the-moment ideas for what you want to make out of your box, the references and products below can help you with ideas on how to perfect the effect and to keep those idea juices flowing.

Get a few or all now so you can have 'em ready when you need to make a new creation!

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The Flat Panels of Cardboard Boxes Provide Plenty of Room for Artwork!

The Flat Panels of Cardboard Boxes Provide Plenty of Room for Artwork!
The Flat Panels of Cardboard Boxes Provide Plenty of Room for Artwork!

Sometimes the Flat Boxes Don't Want to Stay Upright - This One Is Supported by a PVC Pipe Frame!

Sometimes the Flat Boxes Don't Want to Stay Upright - This One Is Supported by a PVC Pipe Frame!
Sometimes the Flat Boxes Don't Want to Stay Upright - This One Is Supported by a PVC Pipe Frame!

Small Cardboard "White House", with Painted Garden and Landscaping

Small Cardboard "White House", with Painted Garden and Landscaping
Small Cardboard "White House", with Painted Garden and Landscaping

Small Cardboard "White House", Another View

Small Cardboard "White House", Another View
Small Cardboard "White House", Another View

Cardboard Sailboat... Complete with Anchor (Cardboard, of Course) and Sail!

Cardboard Sailboat... Complete with Anchor (Cardboard, of Course) and Sail!
Cardboard Sailboat... Complete with Anchor (Cardboard, of Course) and Sail!

Cardboard Castle Tower in Process of Being Set Up

Cardboard Castle Tower in Process of Being Set Up
Cardboard Castle Tower in Process of Being Set Up

Cardboard Castle, with Visitors Checking Out the Drawbridge Entrance

Cardboard Castle, with Visitors Checking Out the Drawbridge Entrance
Cardboard Castle, with Visitors Checking Out the Drawbridge Entrance

Cardboard Log Cabin, View One

Cardboard Log Cabin, View One
Cardboard Log Cabin, View One

Interior Shot of Cardboard Log Cabin

Interior Shot of Cardboard Log Cabin
Interior Shot of Cardboard Log Cabin

Close-up of Cardboard Log Cabin's Walls

Close-up of Cardboard Log Cabin's Walls
Close-up of Cardboard Log Cabin's Walls

Cardboard Camouflaged Limo or Hummer or Some Other Form of Transportation

Cardboard Camouflaged Limo or Hummer or Some Other Form of Transportation
Cardboard Camouflaged Limo or Hummer or Some Other Form of Transportation

Cardboard Army Tank, Complete with Cardboard Turret

Cardboard Army Tank, Complete with Cardboard Turret
Cardboard Army Tank, Complete with Cardboard Turret

Giving the collection of cardboard boxes the 'lab-test'. Hmmmm. What to create out of this?

Giving the collection of cardboard boxes the 'lab-test'. Hmmmm. What to create out of this?
Giving the collection of cardboard boxes the 'lab-test'. Hmmmm. What to create out of this?

Popping out like a 'jack-in-the-box'? Cardboard box ideas are starting to come around.

Popping out like a 'jack-in-the-box'? Cardboard box ideas are starting to come around.
Popping out like a 'jack-in-the-box'? Cardboard box ideas are starting to come around.

Cardboard House with Roof Tiles Made of Painted Cardboard Egg Flats

Cardboard House with Roof Tiles Made of Painted Cardboard Egg Flats
Cardboard House with Roof Tiles Made of Painted Cardboard Egg Flats

Using a fluorescent light to create a 'reading nook' from a cardboard box.

Using a fluorescent light to create a 'reading nook' from a cardboard box.
Using a fluorescent light to create a 'reading nook' from a cardboard box.

Cardboard box 'mini-tunnel'? Maybe we could make a maze like in the hamster cage?

Cardboard box 'mini-tunnel'? Maybe we could make a maze like in the hamster cage?
Cardboard box 'mini-tunnel'? Maybe we could make a maze like in the hamster cage?

Turning a cardboard box in the living room into a 'formula-one race car'.

Turning a cardboard box in the living room into a 'formula-one race car'.
Turning a cardboard box in the living room into a 'formula-one race car'.

Checking out the windows and decorations of an outside yard tiki hut.

Checking out the windows and decorations of an outside yard tiki hut.
Checking out the windows and decorations of an outside yard tiki hut.

Getting a view from one of the rooms of a cardboard 'tiki hut'.

Getting a view from one of the rooms of a cardboard 'tiki hut'.
Getting a view from one of the rooms of a cardboard 'tiki hut'.

Enjoying a cool tropical drink -- pineapple and mango juice -- on the 'front porch' of a cardboard tiki-hut.

Enjoying a cool tropical drink -- pineapple and mango juice -- on the 'front porch' of a cardboard tiki-hut.
Enjoying a cool tropical drink -- pineapple and mango juice -- on the 'front porch' of a cardboard tiki-hut.

And Yes, You Can Make *Costumes* (Halloween or Otherwise) With Cardboard Boxes! - Cardboard panels and boxes provide handy rigid material for costumes of all so

Cardboard shark costume -- taking a break
Cardboard shark costume -- taking a break

It takes a bit of planning and "design" (working with small boxes to figure out how to cut things to make the costume look right... but once you've got the plan down, you can create a great costume! Robots, Shrimp or Lobster, Medieval Knight Suit of Armor, Computer, Airplane, Sailboat, ... these all make for interesting costumes... ideas, anyone?

You can also create your own cardboard cutout stand-up posters from cardboard panels if you have the patience. Just get a photo or image you'd like to have large, print it on a large-format printer (like that used for banners), or just print the image out in sections that fit your printer and then assemble them into the completed large-sized image. Then paste these assembled sections over the cardboard "standup" cutout.

Cardboard Shark "Costume" Worn by Costume Party Goer...

Cardboard Shark "Costume" Worn by Costume Party Goer...
Cardboard Shark "Costume" Worn by Costume Party Goer...

Well, the Shrimp Costume is Made of Cardboard. There Was More of it Until it Rained...

Well, the Shrimp Costume is Made of Cardboard. There Was More of it Until it Rained...
Well, the Shrimp Costume is Made of Cardboard. There Was More of it Until it Rained...

Okay, you've got a cardboard box (or a bunch of them!) - So what would you like to create with them?

Ah, where to start? Gather up the duck-tape, the markers, the paints, the things you'll use to cut (SAFELY please!) port-holes, windows, doors, and other necessary openings or "trimming". Ah wait... decide what you want to make first! Then, you can more wisely choose the types of accessory materials you'll be needing!

So, what would you like to make?

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NOTE: All photographic images in this website, with exception of those obviously in the Amazon, eBay, YouTube, and similar sections, were shot on my own camera by me and are thus mine. Likewise, the narrative is original and based on my experiences. Your mileage may vary.

© 2008 David Gardner

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    izabella-wollbrandt 3 years ago

    Great inspiration for our kinda!

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    Lee Hansen 3 years ago from Vermont

    We recently created a cardboard box pirate ship complete with mast and sails ... never run out of ideas to be creative with cardboard boxes in our home.

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    Amy Trumpeter 3 years ago from Oxford

    Amazing! We used to love making dens out of cardboard boxes as kids!

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    M. Victor Kilgore 3 years ago

    I loved cardboard boxes and imagination when I was knee high to a short duck...and I love seeing that creativity in my kids. fun lens

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    injuryatty 3 years ago

    Make's me think, what can i do with a piece of box. It reminds me about my childhood!

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    Susan Zutautas 3 years ago from Ontario, Canada

    I loved using cardboard boxes to create things when I was a child and all 3 of my boys did too when they were children. That log cabin looks amazing and now I want to try making that one. What a fun lens!

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    janey126 4 years ago

    Wow what a great info and lensjust awesome!

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    PhilVardy 4 years ago

    Awesome lens, Dave. I hugely support the use of cardboard.... definitely supports my frugalism, my anti-commercialism, and my environmentalism! Thanks for sharing!

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    rihamah lm 4 years ago

    nice creative ideas for the kids, I love them all

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    Heidi Vincent 4 years ago from GRENADA

    Very interesting and unusual cardboard box lens! Who knew cardboard boxes were so much fun.

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    miaponzo 4 years ago

    I LOVE cardboard boxes and when I was a kid I made houses and forts with them!

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    hmommers 4 years ago

    Creativity is the best tool we have :)

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    stephen downing 4 years ago

    Great minds think alike! Kiddies like cardboard boxes better than sliced bread. or at least the crusts!.

    Great lens! Thank you.

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    Jogalog 4 years ago

    We're moving house soon and me and my little girl are going to have lots of fun with the boxes when we unpack. I love all the ideas - some obvious like a house but some I'd never thought of like a racing car.

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    CatJGB 4 years ago

    My boys love playing with boxes, I have so many photos of them in different boxes, they're just a hoot. The last few large ones were turned into a minecraft house.

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    RustyDoodle 4 years ago

    Cardboard boxes are really a wonderful play thing for kids! It is really a shame that parents lately make use of technology like computer tablets to keep kids occupied. Bring imagination back!

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    Stuwaha 4 years ago

    These are all amazing ideas, I especially like the log cabin! :)

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    Aristo 4 years ago

    Great Lens! good ideas for different boxes

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    applejacking 4 years ago

    Thanks for interesting article here. optimize unused things into useful one is great way to support the go green project.

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    Miha Gasper 5 years ago from Ljubljana, Slovenia, EU

    A kid can have more fun with an empty box than his father with an iPhone from that same box. Just sayin'

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    stevel58 5 years ago

    Many a happy hour spent in my space ship (cardboard box).

    Great lens thanks.

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    tslizzy 5 years ago

    love the ideas. they are great

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    ViJuvenate 5 years ago

    I'd love to give a child a stack of brand now boxes in various shapes, just to let those creative juices flow. :o)

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    anonymous 5 years ago

    I built the Starship Enterprise from a Pizza Box and Paper Towel Rolls!!!

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    justDawn1 5 years ago

    Have made several Halloween costumes from a cardboard box....A robot. Dice. Train. Race Car. Washing Machine.To name a few :)

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    imaginemdd lm 5 years ago

    Good ideas for kids, very creative. Nice lens, amazing what can be put together.

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    anonymous 5 years ago

    very creative

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    writerkath 5 years ago

    I am so pleased to see people still encouraging that amazing creativity for children! There's NOTHING like a box to spark the thinking. A blank canvas! I can't even imagine that someone would prefer a yucky plastic toy house over making their "dream house" with a box. Excellent lens! I hope thousands of parents find this and use it! Hugs and blessings! :) Kath

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    mimthemom 5 years ago

    I absolutely love this lens!!!! Great job!!!!

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    CherryTriggerCola 5 years ago

    Great article1 Thanks for sharing.

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    Bob Zau 5 years ago

    Great lens, very creative ideas.

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    Tolovaj Publishing House 5 years ago from Ljubljana

    Cardboard boxes are in my opinion probably most popular toy for kids all over the world. They are great tool for sharpening their imagination. Thumbs up!

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    LoKackl 5 years ago

    Cardboard boxes as educational toys! Why not?!

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    NPC123 5 years ago

    Love it! My daughter is a big box enthusiast...houses mainly, and cars! Thanks for a great Lense!

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    anonymous 5 years ago

    online shopping for a gift right now, really enjoyed your ideas here, thank you.

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    cristianlikessq 5 years ago

    Intuitive. Well written. Great lens!

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    SteveKaye 5 years ago

    The best toys are the toys that kids make for themselves. Instead of chasing all over town to find the perfect gift, we should just give our children a box.

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    NickyT LM 5 years ago

    I fondly remember having some of my most fun days as a child making "forts" out of cardboard appliance boxes. Great lens - thanks for the memories!

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    JoleneBelmain 5 years ago

    Cardboard boxes sure are amazing toys.... forget what's in the packaging (when kids are concerned anyway).

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    Close2Art LM 5 years ago

    It's funny we've got one now in the middle of our living room, been there for three days now, it's about time the box gets moved into his room...lol

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    jaredsgirl 6 years ago

    What a fabulous lens! I love the puctures. Thanks for sharing.

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    J-Stanley 6 years ago

    This lens is hilarious. I absolutely love some of the designs... Keep up the good work..

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    hessa johnson 6 years ago

    I used a washing machine box for a playhouse when I was younger. Love this!

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    hessa johnson 6 years ago

    I used a washing machine box for a playhouse when I was younger. Love this!

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    goo2eyes lm 6 years ago

    The kids' imaginations are very pregnant. never thought about this idea. however, we had a flea market today and i used the boxes as cabinets for books to make them stand. the books are nicely arranged like in the library.

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    WorldVisionary 6 years ago

    Such creative ideas for kids - thanks for putting this lens together! Angel blessings to you!

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    FunkyJewelleryUK 6 years ago

    Absolutely brilliant lens! So creative! :)

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    RMKK-Marlene 6 years ago

    What a great lens. If only more parents would realize how simple it is to help their children release their creativity. Lots of fun for less. Don't forget the pots and pans. :)

    And by the way I know what you mean about misspellings. I saw a billboard over the weekend that said "If Your Looking, it's Working".

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    iijuan12 6 years ago from Florida

    What great ideas! Thank you for sharing them! My kids will ove trying some of these out.

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    glowchick 6 years ago

    Love this lens~ so many great ideas, thanks for sharing :)

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    tealmermaid 6 years ago

    Really creative ideas here. I'm going to have to use some next time we have a big empty box.

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    deyanis 6 years ago from Oz

    Very creative ideas, great lens. It will definitely stimulate kids' brains and encourage them to be more creative. --- Blessed ---

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    MargoPArrowsmith 6 years ago

    This is what kids need, more of this today

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    mivvy 6 years ago

    Cats also like boxes. Great lens!

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    ScottE LM 6 years ago

    A great source for free boxes are Costco or grocery stores. Great lens.

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    JodiVee 6 years ago

    Why bother with boxes when you have the outdoors? Just kidding, boxes of the cardboard variety are great :)

    (JobVirtue.com)

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    anonymous 6 years ago

    Very creative and eco-friendly cardboard boxes to keep the children busy.

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    Jhangora LM 6 years ago

    Really creative use of cardboard boxes. It rains a lot in myhometown, infact it's raining right now too - but ya during dry months I can give this a try, and make some interesting stuff for my nephew.

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    Amy Fricano 6 years ago from WNY

    Card Board forever. Better than most toys. Great lens.

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    JoyfulPamela2 6 years ago from Pennsylvania, USA

    Hey, Dave ~ congratulations on making a top 100 lens! This is one of my favorite lenses of yours. It deserves high ranking. =D

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    Virginia Allain 6 years ago from Central Florida

    These are great fun and free ideas for kids. You can make a play kitchen (stove, fridge, etc) from cardboard boxes too. I have some links in my Play Kitchens for Kids.

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    JanieceTobey 6 years ago

    I loved playing with cardboard boxes as a child, and my children loved them as they were growing up too! Blessed by a Squid Angel and featured on my Squid Angel Blessings lens!

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    Carolan Ross 6 years ago from St. Louis, MO

    VERY creative ideas, love these. I did some of this when my sons were small, we once built several structures right in our front yard for a neighborhood Halloween party, I SO wish now that I'd taken photos, we 'painted' them with pieces of colored tissue paper and watered-down glue, the colors combined and made a very unual effect. But my favorites were the costumes made from boxes like fire trucks and trains...I do have photos of those, somewhere...

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    darciefrench lm 6 years ago

    Post-Christmas I imagine there are tons of great cardboard boxes to make things for kids to play with. We make cardboard box towns for our puppies to play in (and shred) when we have them. Great lens idea.

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    hotbrain 6 years ago from Tacoma, WA

    Great ideas for kids! Lots of fun. Angel blessed :)

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    Liz Mackay 6 years ago from United Kingdom

    Love the log cabin. We all know the kids prefer the cardboard boxes rather than the presents inside them.Blessed by a suid angel and featured on my lens, Me?!! A Squid Angel.

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    anonymous 6 years ago

    Boy if I had a dollar for every box I made a fort out of I would be rich.

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    blujeanmomma 6 years ago from Rocky Mountains

    What great ideas. Kids loves boxes and you have shown such unique designs & ideas. Perfect crafts for today's economy. Don't know how I miss this lens when it was LOTD - but I can see why it was LOTD - congratulations!

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    howdoyouspellst 6 years ago

    When I was about 12, my friends and I took some purple paint to a huge cardboard box, and made a little clubhouse! It was a blast. Cardboard boxes are good cheap fun... Sometimes you can get them behind grocery stores for free!!

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    ChildBlessed 6 years ago

    Wonderful lens and such creative ideas! I can't wait to share them with my kiddo's.

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    elliQQ 6 years ago

    ... you had my attention with the sentence: "I found that I *love* words and fooling around with making them work as best as possible." I was on Guam in 46 with my Dad & Mom, yes it definitely makes an impression on one LOL.

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    hobbitme lm 6 years ago

    Nice and what's amazing is how easy is to put in practice, this weekend I will experiment my creativity with my kids and off course theirs too

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    devilsworkshopc 6 years ago

    Adorable ideas! Love the cardboard log cabin.

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    JimH 6 years ago

    Fantastic lens and congrats on LOTD, I remember as a kid that a huge cardboard box to play in was like winning the lottery (I would prefer the lottery now) Brought back a flood of fond memories for me!

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    lasertek lm 6 years ago

    This is a great idea! We usually send our boxes to recyclers because we didn't think we could make use of it. But seeing the different useful ways on this lens, we might think twice before giving our boxes away.

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    dryder 6 years ago

    Great lens! Congrats on making LOTD!!!

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    MissyBrown LM 6 years ago

    One of my best memories as a child was when we had a new refridgerator delivered. I played with that huge cardboard box all summer long. This is a great lens!

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    randomethoughts 6 years ago

    a great way to recycle!

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    karen vance loudermilk 6 years ago from charleston wv

    this was great, I used to use boxes for my kids too, but never this elaborate

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    norma-holt 6 years ago

    Wonderful, inspiring, clever, and great resources. Thanks for sharing. Congrats on LOTD and it is now featured on Squidoo LOTD lenses and also on Parenting Young Children

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    hollyshope 6 years ago

    Great Ideas, can't wait to try it some rainy day!

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    Rita-K 6 years ago

    If I ever need a box to live in I am coming to see you! Great lens, the photos were inspiring, endless creativity!

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    dessertlover 6 years ago

    Clever lens!! Congrats on the LOTD :)

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    DharmeshTolia 6 years ago

    great way of using card board boxes with such a creative vision

    good lens

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    Jen 6 years ago from California

    Great ideas for boxes! My son can't wait to get started on his box now.

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    funmomofmany 6 years ago

    wow...what great ideas. Thanks for sharing!

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    zeroHero 6 years ago

    This lens is fantastic! Just looking through all the ideas was a really fun escape into imagination.

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    Coffeebreaker 6 years ago

    I can personally vouch for card board boxes being the best thing ever invented to play with. As a kid and mother...boxes have provided more entertainment and fun than any other toy. Granted, mine weren't as amazing as most you have here, but that just goes to show...even the simple card board box imaginations go a LONG way! This is a fantastic lens!

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    shush lm 6 years ago

    What a cool lens! i'm always looking for something new to do with my cousins :)

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    divacratus 2 6 years ago

    I really enjoyed going through the lens and the various ideas showcased here! All the creativity is just awe-inspiring even if I'm way older than these kids!

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    PaulWinter 6 years ago

    A very nice lens. Lots of ideas for the kids. We were always amazed that our children often got more fun out of the box than they did out of the toy!

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    asiliveandbreathe 6 years ago

    Great ideas for low-cost fun!

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    GrandCanyonSandy 6 years ago

    Excellent lens! It reminds me of the time when my mother gave my two-year-old daughter a cardboard box covered with fabric for a doll bed complete with a small pillow. My daughter immediately climbed into the box. It was much more fun than using it for a doll bed.

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    LilliputStation 6 years ago

    Congratulations on LOTD.

    I love the log cabin! Someone shared this link on a homeschool group years ago. http://www.mrmcgroovys.com/ It is a website that sells plastic box rivets for use in cardboard constructions. They're pretty cool. Reuseable and sturdier than tape.

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    anonymous 6 years ago

    Congratulations on getting LOTD - as the Mum of 4 this lens has taken me back to our cardboard box days and I daresay I will be doing the same in a couple of years - first grandchild due in January :)

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    TerrenceYoung LM 6 years ago

    Wonderful ideas and the photos excite my imagination! Thank you!

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    RedPanda25 6 years ago

    Wow, creative ;) Nice job

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    Cheryl Kohan 6 years ago from Minnesota

    Silly me...I forgot to congratulate you on LOTD! So congrats!!

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    reasonablerobby 6 years ago

    Congrats on LOTD. This lens brings back some happy childhood memories. My brother and I turned cardboard boxes into submarines. Just plain boxes but we drew dials and gauges and portholes on the inside with biro and our imaginations did the rest...fantastic.