Here are 25 creative ways to re-use and recycle a cardboard box into something fun to play and create with! From story boxes to puppet shows, treasure chests to car play mats, bunches of painted flowers to baby toys and preschooler maths games, there’s plenty of variety to choose from in this list!
At this time of year there is always a huge load of excess packaging, mainly including cardboard boxes and lots of wrapping paper rolls! Before you throw them all away, here are 25 things you can turn them into together for play, learning and art activities at home or in the classroom. There are ideas for maths games, art and crafts, story telling, fine motor skills, early literacy prompts, musical instruments, gross motor activities, science and discovery and imaginative play. Pin your favourites from each individual post for future reference! Click the link to read each one:
Red Riding Hood Storytelling Box
Duck Pond Story and Singing Box
Castle for storytelling and small world play
Homemade Baby and Toddler toys
Maths Machine for counting and addition
Baby sensory crawl through tunnel
Material pulling box for babies
Small world play with blocks in a box
Rolling down ramps discovery box
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Jennifer Morley says
Another reminder that cardboard truly is the best and most versatile play thing. Thanks for all the imaginative ideas.
Amy @ Wildflower Ramblings says
Wow, Anna, this list is incredible!! What amazing play ideas!!
I loooove these ideas! Great how these crafts can be used for various ages! I love the differen concepts that can be learned too! Amazing! 🙂
Some really wonderful ideas! Thank you! I think it’s great to be creative with something that you would normally disregard and throw away without realizing the opportunities. I wrote a similar piece on alternative uses for toilet paper tubes that you might like – although I will have to add your rain stick idea in next time http://www.greensteve.com/3958/9-alternative-uses-for-toilet-paper-tubes/ Enjoy 🙂
sonia amorim says
SOU FÃ DO TRABALHO APRESENTADO. ESPERO QUE CONTINUE COM TANTAS IDÉIAS CRIATIVAS POIS AJUDAM MUITO. PARABÉNS!