I see kids younger and younger playing on devices--I cringe or shake my head every time. I hate seeing the world deteriorate into mindless, addicted zombies. Where has all the real life interaction gone? I really love my school for outlawing phones during the school day and sticking to it! The kids seem much more engaged than at most other schools.
I continue to promote creativity and imagination without technology (as you read this on a screen, ugh). And I still love boxes and use them for all sorts of things. So, here are some non-screen activity ideas for kids with just a box!
- Large boxes
- Pretend Vehicles and TVs are good old standards for large boxes.
- Puppet shows are great fun and imagination stirrers.
- Forts are always a big hit--and if you don't have enough boxes, use sheets and chairs!
- We made a Fun House Tunnel once and it was hilarious!
- Open them up and cut them up for armor or props or sliding down a grassy hill!
- Paint on them or use them under art projects
- Large boxes are also great for keeping bigger toys organized
- Smaller boxes
- Tissue and shoe boxes are a perfect size for vehicles or furniture for stuffed friends and action figures
- boxes are great for making up games, like tossing stuff into them or stacking them...
- Even toy-makers know the value of a box, selling brick-painted boxes for kids to build with. How nice of them--but I say, collect your tissue boxes and you're all set!
not what I had in mind
but this is cool!
- Plant herbs or flowers and watch them grow
- Make a photo box for grandma
- I used to make robots with my little guys out of the cardboard and duct tape
- These boxes are also great for storing the small stuff--from art supplies to happy meal toys
These are just a few suggestions. And though you know you can find tons of ideas and instructional videos online, sometimes sitting down with the kids and brainstorming creativity yourselves is part of the fun. We have to keep trying to balance tech with hands-on. Make those brains work instead of vegging out looking at a screen all day!
I'd love to hear your suggestions, too. Old or new, boxes are fantastic imagination kick-starters!