After Christmas last year we posted some ideas for up cycling jumbo cardboard boxes.
As many customers are ordering large pieces of play equipment ready for the Summer, we thought now would be a good time to come up with some more suggestions of how to put those large sheets of packing to good use.
Here are another six top suggestions for creating toys from cardboard boxes.
1. Toy Train If you have multiple boxes of similar sizes they can be lined up to create a toy train. The largest box needs to be big enough for your child to sit in, then smaller boxes can be arranged behind it as carriages. String them together with a length of rope or ribbon passing through each box. You can use smaller boxes to stack a funnel on the front carriage, and scrunched up tissue paper of cotton wool can be used to create a steam effect.
2. Playhouse The simplest way to make good use of a giant cardboard box is to turn it upside down, cut out a doorway and use it as a playhouse. Use felt tips or crayons to draw on windows and a roof, or you could cut out small windows to let the light in.
3. Fort You can make a fort or castle in the same way as a playhouse, by turning the box upside down, but finishing it with a different roof. Open up the top of the box, so the flaps are standing upright, then cut blocks out to create the paraphet.
4. Sensory Challenge This is a fun game that needs around 4-6 boxes. Each box should be closed, but with a hole cut out the top large enough for a hand to be pushed through. In each box put something that can be identified by touch, like cotton wool, rice, or silver foil. Don't use a living creature that could get hurt, this isn't an episode of I'm A Celebrity. Take turns blind folding each child, and have them whisper to you what they think is in each bpx. The winner is the person who guesses the most items correctly.
5. Shop And Coins Use some closed boxes to create a shop front, then decorate smaller boxes to be the products available at buy. If you don't have any plastic coins, you can make your own currency from any left over cardboard. Depending on the age of your child you can price things in single pennies, or use different denominations. Go shopping in their store and encourage them to add up your total spend, and work out what change you are owed.
6. Make A Robot Head If you have children who are fans of Minecraft, you have probably seen the dressing up heads available to buy, which are essentially printed cardboard boxes. Make your own character or robot by cutting eyes holes out of the box, and decorating the outside with crayons. You could create goodies and baddies, then play a role play game in character.
There are so many other ideas on Pinterest and craft blogs. When you have empty boxes at home, squeeze every last drop of fun out of it before sending it for recycling.