Cardboard is an awesome building material that is recyclable and biodegradable. It’s durable and protective, but it is also easy to bend and cut. It’s about half air, making it a useful lightweight material for building projects. As kids (and cats!) know, sometimes a cardboard box is as fun as the toy that came in it! Ever since it was invented, cardboard has inspired construction and creativity!
As journalist Andrea Lange pointed out in The Magic of Cardboard:
“Children have long preferred the box to the toy that came in it: cardboard is light and strong, easy to put up, quick to come down and, perhaps most important, inexpensive enough for experiment. Cardboard constructions can be crushed, painted, recycled and stuck back together…cardboard creations become more sophisticated as children gain skills: It is as malleable as the body and the mind.”
At a time when many toys are becoming complex and reliant on technology, it’s reassuring to return to creative possibilties of the box, seeing it not as trash but as a renewable resource for play. Here, at Kiwico, we have deep respect for the value and versatility of cardboard. In addition to being committed to recycling and sustainability, we are always looking for awesome uses for our crates.
From extra storage containers to crafty DIY activities, the ideas are endless. Here are four easy cardbox projects to make with your kids.
We’d also like to hear from you: What are your cool cardboard ideas and creations? Let us know in the comments below!
Create a mini-refrigerator and a simple stove. For this project you will need three KiwiCo crates; one for each appliance and a third to create handles, burners and shelves. An adult assistant is necessary for younger kids who need help cutting cardboard. Small measuring cups make fun pots and pans. What will you cook up?
Create a fortress with a drawbridge. For this project you will need one KiwiCo box for each wing of the palace. An adult assistant is necessary to cut out windows and outline the drawbridge. Kids can paint the palace, add banners, and have a party. If you like this project you might enjoy our Medieval Crate
Create a case to carry your art supplies. This is fun a fun project for little and big kids alike. Paint your name, add stickers and other decorations to make your case unique. What will you pack? Where will you go?
Looking for additional cardboard based projects? Cardboard Box Creations by Laura Baker, published by Lonely Planet Kids is a terrific source of inspiration. For a brief history and creative potential of cardboard we recommend The Magic of a Cardboard Box by Andrea Lange.
What are your cool cardboard creations? Tag us at #KiwiCoBoxCrafts