Big fish little fish cardboard box – toddler play

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Like most households, we have a few boxes around the house.  The OH always wants to chuck or burn them as soon as what they’ve held has been unpacked, but I like to try and keep a few good sized boxes that can be used for postage.

Since having N I’ve always thought he would like to play with boxes, so I’ve tried to use a few for storage (bulk nappy boxes are great box tidies or toy boxes if you cover them with gift wrap) as well as giving him a few old shoe boxes to put small toys in (note Happyland massacre photo of the other day, having been tipped from the shoe box they’re stored in, in the hope of keeping them in one place).

But we’ve never really had a large enough box to use for sitting in and turning into something interesting.

Until yesterday, when eventually our Letterbox order turned up (crikey, that was hard work chasing that.  They must have the worst customer service and I should definitely go back and add them to this post!).

Wow, it was a huge box, and pretty shallow so quite a few options for being creative.

N’s a boat fan at the moment, so it was only right that he decided he was going to sit in the boat and go sailing.  Or he would have gone sailing had I made an effort to pull him round.  Instead he had to sit and lie back pretending to sail in his boat.

cardboard box boat

Mummy, pull me round

I though the boat could do with some decorating, so I got out the pens (maybe Sharpies weren’t such a good idea as I couldn’t relax with those in a toddler’s hands, although he was very good with them) and we got to work.  I drew some waves for him, and he drew….I’m not entirely sure.  He said it was a chair and then it became a tractor.  Not quite following the sea theme.

N’s never really seemed keen on drawing but he did have a good old scribble, and then announced his drawing.  I’m not sure what it was meant to be but he didn’t like my idea that he might have drawn a fish, ‘it’s a crocodile’.  That works, and it really did look quite like a crocodile’s jaws and mouth.  I offered to colour it green, then he wanted an eye adding, including one on the nose which I amended to be a nostril.

cardboard box artwork

Boat minus sail and oars, but with added crocodile

I think he was quite pleased with his boat, and this morning on waking and going downstairs with his dad, he dragged the boat from the back room and to the bottom of the stairs.  It had a very precise location, so maybe I should be locating a sextant and flagpole for him.

What cardboard box creations have you and your children created?


8 Comments on Big fish little fish cardboard box – toddler play

  1. Jocelyn (@ihavecards)
    October 11, 2013 at 10:47 am (1 year ago)

    You just can’t go wrong with a cardboard box! My kids love playing with them. We’ve had a pirate ship, but I’d say a castle (complete with turrets) was probably the favourite creation to date

    • Emma Tustian
      October 11, 2013 at 12:08 pm (1 year ago)

      I have seen some pretty amazing box castle creations. Not sure our capability’s up to that, but you never know.

  2. JoBryan
    October 11, 2013 at 9:48 am (1 year ago)

    Aww he looks very pleased. Can never beat a box and many a time my children abandoned the toy that came from the box to play with the cardboard instead.

    • Emma Tustian
      October 11, 2013 at 12:08 pm (1 year ago)

      N wasn’t allowed to have the toys delivered in this one…Christmas and birthday presents! But I guess the box made up for it

  3. Victoria Jenkins
    October 10, 2013 at 7:56 pm (1 year ago)

    I love the Kiddicare put “this is not a box..this is a” on theres. Rio loves to be puled around the room in them..and have them opened up like a little funshouse with closing tunnel doors!

    WTTP – Living the dream, all but the farm

    • Emma Tustian
      October 11, 2013 at 8:48 am (1 year ago)

      That’s a good idea of Kiddicare’s. So important to aid their creativity, and N’s definitely getting that at this age. It is a bit tiring dragging him round the room – he seems quite happy not moving far though, thankfully.

  4. Kim Carberry
    October 10, 2013 at 7:04 pm (1 year ago)

    Ahhh my girls still love a box to play with….lol
    They usually make boats too :) x

    • Emma Tustian
      October 10, 2013 at 7:25 pm (1 year ago)

      He knows a lot of boat songs, so I suppose it’s a bit of an automatic thing. I have to save it from the OH though – he likes to burn boxes!


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