Empty boxes of all sizes can be reused for other purposes. With a little help from adults, cardboard boxes can turn into activities for kids, and this article suggests ideas for younger ages. First, check out your recycling container for various sizes of cardboard boxes. If you do not have big boxes at all, try visiting a furniture store, grocery store and the recycling depot for those extra large boxes. Boxes can begin a creative process with the end result encouraging playtime for young children, an important component of their developmental growth.
An Empty Box Into a Playhouse
Toddler Indoor Activities
1. A big empty box and material: let a toddler sit inside the box and put light items on top of him/her to hide, such as stuffed animals or soft balls. Balloons work well, but an adult supervisor should be near the box. Count down from 5 or 10 and then yell "Surprise!" The toddler can then jump up and let all the items fly up into the air. A toddler will want to repeat this activity a number of times.
2. Jack in the Box: Have a toddler inside the box, then sing or say these words:
Jack in the box, still as a mouse, deep down inside his little dark house
Jack in the box, resting so still, will you come out?
Then the child can jump up and say "yes I will!"
3. A box for a boat or plane: turn the box into travel imagination and sing the following songs:
Row Row Row Your Boat or to the same tune:
Zoom, zoom zoom you go
In the plane you fly
See the clouds going by
Way up in the sky.
Empty Box for Drama Play
A big empty cardboard box can be turned into a bus, airplane or train. The box should be turned to the side, and then small windows (circle windows if it is going to be a plane) cut out. The next step is to position small chairs inside one behind the other to create a transportation scene. This kids' activity is suitable for an early childhood setting, like preschool or daycare, but also works well at home. To add to the dramatic play, have some bags, clothes and a ticket center available. For more ideas, visit my Pinterest Board by clicking HERE