Not a Box

Have you ever used a cardboard box as something else?  A space-rocket perhaps, a television, a doll’s bed? My kids certainly fall into the category of finding the box more exciting than whatever comes in it.  That is why we love Not A Box by Antoinette Portis.  A beautifully illustrated and simply designed book celebrating the creativity of a child and a box — it has also given us some great ideas of what our boxes could be — cars? ships? robots? elephants?

We have also ordered the follow up title Not A Stick , which I know my little boy will love as he is a big fan of sticks and brings one home from nursery nearly everyday.  Oh sorry — they are not sticks, they are fishing rods, telescopes (careful of that one!), machines and devices…

Last Summer we turned a big box into a house — it was so much fun until we left it out in the rain!  But please don’t wait for a big box — an empty cracker box makes an excellent rocket and cereal boxes hold endless possibilities. There are some more Babyccino box ideas here to get you started.



Comments (2)

Esther in Amsterdam
August 16, 2010

We lived with a huge moving box in our tiny living room for months. Of course it wasn’t really a box. It was a house, bedroom, hotel, kitchen… Love your house-box!

August 16, 2010

I (and my boy!) adore Not a Box, and yes, our cardboard boxes have been in turn a racing track, a house and even a steady table and chair…

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