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.
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!
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…