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Don’t throw away that box! Take it home and see what fun can be had (fun games with boxes)

I’ve been extremely busy at work this summer, with one project involving the delivery of some rather expensive items, which came with reasonably big boxes. There were so many of them scattered around the room it seemed unethical to throw them out – though we did, apart from one, which made it home to my little boy. I had originally planned to produce an unboxing video for YouTube, but sadly my wishes have taken a backseat to eldest’s ‘needs’ and in just over seven days, my box has served as a magicians table, frozen palace, volcano, part of a continent, and as you would expect, a house. It has literally become his favorite toy, and I doubt Mommy will be able to throw it out anytime soon. In fact, only today I was asked if I have anymore to bring home, so if anything we might be adding to the collection, and perhaps I still might be able to produce my unboxing video.

I’ve shared some pictures that clearly support the saying that kids love boxes (and all the fun games with boxes), and it’s been great to see or the characters and costumes that have manifested over the past week. Even little brother has got involved, though bog brother was not happy with his new squatter who would quickly occupy his home whenever he vacated for a few minutes.

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A window was one of the first things to be added to the box.

 

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Here is an example when little brother took advantage of the vacant box and iPad that has been used as the TV.

Such a fun, and extremely simple way to challenge your little one to produce and consider as many alternatives as possible – how many ways can we play with a box? So next time a big deliver comes your way, keep the box, throw it in the middle of the room, and grab your camera – because fun, play, and creative thinking will quickly follow.

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Simple bike ride turns into an adventure with a Gruffalo, fairies, a magical wood, dinosaur bones, and a scary forest

I was recently at Cape Cod on a family vacation. Apart from my three year old catching Pink Eye it was an extremely enjoyable and relaxing experience. One of the best things about going on vacation is the opportunity to spend quality time with the family, more importantly the little ones. Lucas, my three-year old terror, can be a handful, but his imagination is something I cherish dearly, and helped turn a simple bike ride into an adventure with a Gruffalo, fairies, a magical wood, dinosaur bones, and a scary forest.

My brother-in-law was kind enough to offer his bike that comes with a little seat for Lucas to sit on. The two of us, bursting with excitement, embarked on our journey around a little beachside community in Mashpee. As we travelled down a path we eventually came to some woodland. At first Lucas was a little scared, calling it a scary forest that has scary skeletons in, but I decided to challenge his imagination to go beyond this current obsession, and come up with other things that might live in the scary forest. To my delight, as its my favorite picture book, he decided that we were in the deep dark wood were the Gruffalo lives, well not just one, lots of them. They were popping up all over the place and poor Daddy had to peddle really quickly to get away from them. After my legs began to burn I needed a change in the adventure’s setting, and with a little bit of encouragement we eventually crossed over into a magical forest with fairies and dinosaur bones in the form of broken branches on trees. I was particularly happy with the fairies as they cast dancing spells on the Gruffalos, which meant I didn’t have to peddle away every time we saw one, also the fairies froze the scary skeletons in their domain so Lucas didn’t have to fear them as much.

On our way back our creative efforts turned away from our adventure and toward the arts with some make up sing-along songs. Obviously it started with a song about Scary Skeletons, but soon we were singing songs about bones, and dancing princess skeletons (they got back in there at the end). It turned into a fantastic bike ride that would compete with an afternoon at Disney’s Magical Kingdom, more importantly, and to the reason why I’m writing this article, simple leading questions from Daddy provided a wonderful opportunity to nurture the imagination and curiosity of my little pal.

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