A Love Story: One Girl And Her Box
Well, any box really. From the moment she could sit up well on her own she loved playing with boxes. This does not appear to be anything that she will out grow any time soon, and that is ok. After all, it is adorable. She is using her imagination.
I mean, yeah, we have a cat, and sometimes I think that she is turning into a cat, but whatever it’s cute. She does have to fight the kitty off for a box every now and then.
I think lots of kids go through this phase even if they don’t have a cat. After all, a box is a safe spot. It could be anything you want. There is a big appeal in that.
She loves her boxes. You don’t have to do a thing to them. She can have a blast with them just the way they are.
However, you can make some cool things with a box. One time I turned a large box into a playhouse. I turned it on its side, cut off the top flap, used the bottom flap as a welcome mat, and the side flaps as doors. I cut windows in the sides and drew on a rug and pictures and little things like that.
So… Let’s do a box craft!!! Yay!
First let’s start with a pro tip: Make sure you set the little one up with something else while you are setting this craft up. It could be watching a movie, napping, playing with another family member, anything so long as they are fully engaged. No one wants a toddler running with scissor or covered in glue.
What you need:
A child sized cardboard box
A smaller cardboard box
Crayons and/or markers
Duct tape and/or glue
These things are pretty easy to find. Chances are high that you already have them all. If not and you are looking for a box, any moving place or storage place should have some of all sizes for sale.
For this craft we are going to make a TRAIN.
Take your scissors and the smaller cardboard box. Cut it open and cut across the crease for the flaps until you end up with something like the picture bellow.
You could also do this with a poster board instead of a smaller box.
Cut the wheels. 3 for each side.
Use the four small squares first. Then use one of the longer strips until you have 6 wheels total.
Cut the rail for the wheels.
Use a long piece for this. Cut it in half and trim down to size.
Glue on the smoke stack to the front of the child sized box. Use a long piece for this.
Take the big, long piece and make the front of the train. Glue it to the sides of the child sized box so that it makes a point in the center.
Glue the wheels into place on each side.
Let all the glue dry. Then it is time to decorate the train!
Both you and the little one should enjoy decorating it.
As you can see from my photos I am no artist. The little ones don’t care about your artistic talent. They just care that you did something for them.
Do you see what I mean about no artistic ability is required yet?
I hope y’all enjoy making your own!
For multiple children you could make train cars by doing the same as above minus the point in the front. You could use rope, twine, or ribbon to connect the cars.