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27 Apr, 2012

What can you make out of a large cardboard box?

Posted by andrea tomkins in: Easy ways to make kids happy|File under crafty|Publishing/writing/career stuff

Answer: lots of things!

One of my most favourite things we made with a big cardboard box was a shadow puppet theatre. It was pretty easy, and very satisfying. I sliced off one side of it, taped up some translucent freezer paper, and voila!

The craft I wrote about for Canadian Family Magazine this week also uses a cardboard box, but it’s a little different because it uses a flat box instead (making it much easier to store) and better yet, requires small helpers to do the bulk of the work. Ha ha!

Check it out.

5 Responses to "What can you make out of a large cardboard box?"

1 | Harry Nowell

April 27th, 2012 at 12:32 pm


I love the potential of cardboard boxes. I met my wife wearing 5 wrapped cardboard boxes at a Hallowe’en party. I was dressed as a pile of Christmas presents.

2 | Carly

April 27th, 2012 at 2:30 pm


We currently have a lemonade stand in our basement, made “free-hand” complete with a window that closes and a “sorry we’re closed” sign. Love cardboard boxes!!!

3 | Carla

April 27th, 2012 at 9:30 pm


Love cardboard boxes! One of my proudest parenting moments was making a carseat box into a house when the kids were 2.5y and 6m and they played with it for a year! (seriously, loved loved it!) We usually keep whatever box came into our house for a while and the kids have made them into all sorts of things, cars, houses, trains, tables. It’s fun, too bad they take up so much space, that’s my only quibble.

4 | FireMom

April 28th, 2012 at 9:34 am


My boys currently have a leftover, larger moving box downstairs and are using it as a Story Box. They sit in it and draw and tell stories. It’s STINKING ADORABLE.

5 | Lee

May 3rd, 2012 at 10:15 am


You may enjoy the video of the flashmob that enters a cardbord box arcade created by a 9 year old boy.


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