For you, a cardboard box … it’s a box. In the eyes of your child, this same box offers endless play possibilities. In fact, she is an extraordinary toy that transforms according to her desires.
Game ideas to do with cardboard boxes
What to do with a big box of cardboard?
- A house with a door and windows. Cut out openings with a precision knife. Then your child can decorate his house by drawing or pasting pictures on the outside walls. He can put down a blanket, have his cubs sleep there, look at a book or simply rest there.
- A safe to store some of his toys.
- A boat or a car. Remove the top of the box so that your child can sit there and ask him to decorate his vehicle. He can then make a thousand imaginary journeys.
- TV or theater. Drill a large opening on one side of the box. With an improvised microphone (eg a rope to dance) or with the help of puppets, your child becomes either a news presenter or a creator of shows.
- A tunnel. Open the 2 ends of an elongated box. Your child can drive cars or cross this 4-legged tunnel.
- A walking aid. If the box is stable enough, your toddler will be able to rely on it to take his first steps.
What to do with small boxes of cardboard?
- Beds for his dolls.
- Garages for his cars.
- Boxes built into each other.
- The walls of a house (boxes mounted on each other).
- The rooms of a house (boxes placed next to each other).
- A surprise box containing various treasures to discover (eg: spool of thread, plastic bottle, key ring, ball, etc.)
Skills developed while playing with a box
The many possible uses of a cardboard box give your toddler the pleasure of imagining, building and exploring. In a word, the pleasure of acting. In fact, with a box, the game only appears when your child decides to turn it into a toy. In fact, a cardboard box could even be considered as an educational toy since, thanks to it, your child is doing a lot of learning.
Here are some of the skills that your child develops when having fun with cardboard boxes.
When your child decides what will become of the cardboard box (a house, a car, a garage or a bed), it stimulates his creativity. From a simple box, he creates a toy. Once the function of the box decided, your child uses his imagination again to decorate this new toy and decide how to play: “My cub wants to sleep in the house”, “My car must go into his garage” …
Overall motor skills
Crossing a 4-legged tunnel or pushing a big box while taking your first steps encourages your child to move, which stimulates his overall motor skills. Your toddler also balances when he knelt to manipulate puppets or sits in his home or cardboard car.
Fine motor skills
Drawing a picture on the wall of his “house”, cutting an image to stick to it, holding an improvised microphone and manipulating a puppet are gestures that appeal to your child’s fine motor skills. His coordination and dexterity are also used to put his car in a “garage” narrow or his doll in his little “bed”, to manipulate the puppets and to stick 2 small boxes next to each other or one over the other. Your child also practices his skills to use tools: pencil, glue stick, scissors with round ends …
Playing with other children allows your toddler to learn to share the toys and wait in his turn to “watch television,” for example. Everyone will have ideas to propose, that others will have to listen to. So many opportunities for your child to develop their socialization skills.
Whether your child tells a story to his cub in his “home”, whether he announces the weather in his “TV” or that he makes a puppet show in his “theater”, he exercises his language skills (vocabulary, skills narrative).
Other home toys
Before putting an object to recovery, ask yourself if your child could not use it in his games. For example, a roll of paper towels can become a “telescope” in your toddler’s hands, a plastic bottle could make an excellent “bottle” for his dolls, plastic containers easily turn into “bowls” to mix “or” drums “… Trust your child, he will find a second use for all the objects you provide him.