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What is it about boxes? Buy a toddler a gift that comes in a box and they’ll spend hours playing with box instead, rather than the toy that came in it! I often feel like just giving younger kids a heap of different boxes in various sizes! I might just do that one day, painting them in a range of bright colours but then, the toddler will probably go looking for the gift within!


Posted by mom57522, 18th April 2015


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  • In the days when large electrical appliances came in large sturdy cartons, my school friend’s Nana would open the boxes both ends for her grandchildren to crawl through. Eventually the boxes got very weak and had to be recycled. I remember her friends a couple of streets taking their cartons there too. For those who are interested some kindergartens use empty cereal and other suitable packets for craft work for the kids. I gave some to a friend. She informed me a few weeks later she got some of them back as craft. We had marked the boxes in a different place with approx. best use by date.

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  • All I can say is to cherish the moment when they are so young that they don’t need expensive gifts. Soon enough they’d want some money for junk food, a holiday and a car

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  • it reminds me of that master card ad. Playing with the cardboard box… PRICELESS!

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  • I love the innocent imagination of a young child that can delight in the fascination of an empty box!

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  • Yes you are so right. We had a box that was the size of a tv. It lasted for months. My daughter was in , out, the toys were in and out. She coloured it with crayons. It was awesome


    • Awesome! It sounds like so much fun! We have made cubbies out of those big boxes too and painted them and repainted them! ;)

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  • Kids simply love cardboard boxes and they give them hours of fun. Cardboard boxes are great for arts and craft projects too!

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