We buy a TON online, especially in recent months – and this means we have TONS of boxes. Don’t throw away your cardboard – before you recycle it, play-cycle.
Here are 50 things your kids will *love* to do with your excess boxes.
Card Board Toys
Paper puss-n-boots. Â Bring life to your carboad boxes by cutting them into story book characters.
Make a no-water-needed aquarium – the fish are cardboard. Â Love how bright this version is from Made by Joel.
FInger puppets are so fun, and easy to create. Â Cut holes into your “people” for the fingers. via Pink Door Mat.
There are no instructions from this post from Cargo Collective, but the concepts are terrific – LOTS of cardboard animal face ideasÂ you can wear!
Create an animal “drop box” – if your kids are like mine they will love dropping animals (or cars) through the slots. Â via Meri Cherry.
Your kids will disappear for an hour – all youneed is a big box and a handful of crayons! Â via Berry Sweet Baby.
Card Board Crafting
Bring your self-portraits to life and “make a twin”. Â Color a picture of yourself and transfer it to cardboard, add brads for movement and you have a paper puppets.
Minecraft is huge at our house, if it is at yours too, try making these cardboard “creepers” from Ambrosia Girl.
What a fun play date and a great way to enjoy all your Amazon boxes! Â Build and paint box towers in your yard. Â via Meri Cherry.
Take your play house with you – this foldable cardboard house is perfect for trips to the park or a playdate at Grams – via This Heart of Mine.
Kids Getting Boxy
Make pendulum art using a diaper wipe dipped in paint, suspended and swung onto a card board box. Â Have a hose nearby for easy clean-up.
Get ready for battle, create swords and a shield with cardboard and paper mache – via Red Ted Art.
Create musical instruments with your leftover boxes. Â This one uses rubber bands from Minieco.
A large box can be the perfect playscape. Â Draw roads and scenery for your small world toys to explore. Â via The Imagination Tree.
More things to make with boxes
You can create a working loom using cardboard boxes and sturdy yarn. Â Super nifty! Â via Craft Lovers.
Take off one side of a box and tape the tops together as a “pitched roof” for these fun crawl-in homes. Â via Lofts in Soho.
Get building. Â You can cut cardboard into shapes to create a set of stackers. Â These are a great disposable toy – put a baggie-full in your bag. Â via Meaningful Mama.
Cubbies are fun. Â Make a collection of box-holes to organize small toys. Â via Top Tips.
This is a nifty pattern, worth the funds!! Â It shows you how to transform a box into a multi-story doll home. Â Available on Etsy.
Use circles, paint and googly eyes, along with magnetic tape to create some fun animal faces. Â via Meri Cherry.
We have Â 30 more CARDBOARD CREATION ideas.