Children get so much fun out of empty cardboard boxes

@katsalot1 (1619)
May 12, 2009 9:44am CST
I have noticed so many times over the years that children often get more fun out of playing with empty cardboard boxes than expensive toys. Hopefully more people will realise this as money is tight. Small children especially can use them as dens. If you put some string through one side they are great for pulling children around the garden in, my daughter used to love that. Smaller cardboard boxes can be painted or decorated with stuck on bits of paper and then used for them to store things in. There are so many ways that they can be used for fun. Have you ever done this?
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• India
21 May 09
With space as a premium at the place where I stay, its not possible to store cardboard boxes. So we generally sell them off but what you say is true...my son just loved to crawl in and hide in a particular cardboard box in which the TV came. IT was fun till it lasted, but he played so much with it that eventually it lost shape.
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@katsalot1 (1619)
21 May 09
You can always collapse cardboard boxes to store them, then open them out again. It's like having a big toy that you can flatten!
• United States
12 May 09
2 years ago at Christmas my mom and my 2 year old nephew were visiting. My refridgerator went out. I was almost horrible, mom realized it went out in the middle of the night and went and bought ice, all without waking us up until morning. She is great. Back to the story: we wnt and bought a new fridge (got a great deal) and we let my nephew play in the box. He put part of it in the living room and part in the kitchen under the table and he played in that box for almost the entire month they visited. He even would pull his blanket into it to take his naps there. That box saved my sanity that month. I love him but I do not have kids and going from no kids to a 2 year old is a huge jump. Now I try to have a big box for him when he visits, I ahve also found that large laundry baskets have the same effect, most of us have atleast one, so if you do not have a box let them play in those. The other cool thing he likes is to put sheets over the kitchen table to make a fort, now that he is 4 this is just as much fun and is roomyer.
@katsalot1 (1619)
12 May 09
It does seem silly that people spend huge amounts of money on toys that don't provide nearly as much entertainment as a cardboard box. I used to build a den under the table as well!