I love cardboard boxes. And now that I have a young’n, I have the perfect excuse to hoard large boxes and turn them into cars, forts, and whatever else I can think up.
Lena’s stroller box was sitting in our living room the other day when inspiration struck. I decided it looked like a house and promptly got to work cutting, taping and drawing. Since Lena was with me, I had about five minutes before she lost interest in the project so we made a quick job of it.
My mother-in-law, Cherry, had given me a bunch of left over ribbons and flowers from her son’s wedding. We used that for the curtains and the “daisy garden.” I also made a poof chandelier and taped some dollar store lights to the ceiling. I did a quick drawing of some portraits and a wonky table and chairs – Lena was “helping” at this point by crawling all over my back so it didn’t turn out to be the most beautiful design but that’s alright.
Then I let the Bacon Bit draw on the inside wall. This was a very fun game until she started drawing all over herself and headed for the carpet. So we had to redirect and I got a semi-convincing fake cry out of that. Ultimately, she seemed to really like her new playhouse and we’ve had fun using it for all sorts of things.
Isn’t it funny how kids seem to prefer the most inexpensive, basic objects as their favorite toys? Hours of fun are just a pot, a spoon and a cardboard box away.