50+ Box Play Activities with Kids

This box play activities post is brought to us by guest blogger Kim Vij from
The Educators’ Spin On It.

Have you ever noticed at times your child is more interested in the box than the new toy? You take quite a bit of thought in a gift to give your child and many times once they open it, you find hours later they are playing with the box the most. Why? There’s something about the simplicity of it and imagination it inspires that draws our children to boxes.

50+ Box Play Ideas for Kids from Melissa and Doug

With more families ordering online it seems that we have more boxes available for play. Do you have a few boxes around the house? If not you can stop by your local stores and ask if they have any boxes they are recycling. Let’s explore all of the advantages of box play with kids. Have you ever thought of hosting a Box Play date?

Playful Ideas with Boxes from Melissa and Doug

What can children learn from Box Play?

  • Spatial Awareness
  • Gross Motor Skills
  • Imagination
  • Fine Motor Skills
  • Vocabulary Development
  • Sensory Development
  • Cooperation Skills
  • Problem Solving

Box Building Activities from Melissa and Doug

Hard to believe so much can be learned from simply providing your child with an opportunity to play with boxes. One peek at Pinterest and you will see tons of creative ideas that users have pinned for safe keeping.  {Cardboard Box Boards
on Pinterest

Exploring Boxes with Kids from Melissa and Doug

50+ Creative Ideas for Box Play

Here are a few creative ways to plan for imaginary play with your child. We’ve included the links to how-to’s for you, too!

Play Area Ideas with Boxes

Imaginary Play with Boxes

Transportation Ideas with Boxes

Learning with Boxes

Boxes for Babies and Toddlers

Books about Boxes

What does a child learn from Box Play?
The next time you have a few boxes around the house be sure to allow
your child to imagine with them. The impact they can make on your
child’s imagination is priceless!

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Building Imagination 50 Box Play Ideas for Kids from Melissa and Doug

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Kim-Vij-Head-Shot-150-by-150Kim Vij is an early childhood educator and mom of three. She shares her “Educator’s Spin” on parenting issues and how to make everyday moments into learning opportunities at The Educators’ Spin On It and award winning Pinterest Boards. You can also find Kim on PinterestFacebookTwitterInstagram & Google+.

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  1. What a great inspiration to have LOTS of fun with cardboard boxes. So many great ideas here!

  2. What an awesome collection of ideas! We do so LOVE our box playing.

  3. Boxes are always a hit with kids! (Even my 5 and 7 year olds love to use their imagination when they find a box.)

    What a great collection of ideas!

  4. What a great post!