Here are a few of my favorite kid-friendly things to create with cardboard:
Cardboard House OR Tea Party!
Ikat Bag has two stellar ideas: build a cardboard house or have a tea party! These houses are super easy to build (plus you can go so far with it — why stop at one house when you could build a CARDBOARD CITY?) and the tea cup is PERFECT for a party or an afternoon spent pretending. And by perfect I mean The Best Ever.
Make a ramp!
My husband and I recently bought a new mattress, and when we were finished with the boxes our kid asked if he could have them. They became coloring grounds and, most interestingly, a ramp many a vehicle and Duplo box traveled down. This is the easiest thing in the world — all we had to do was flip the piece of cardboard over and dude played with the ramp for an hour.
Dudes. All you need to build your own cardboard rocket is two pieces of cardboard, one pair of scissors, and packing tape — that’s IT. You may want to use a crayon or two to draw lines so you know where to cut, but the entire process will take you 20-30 minutes tops. You’ll be left with a perfect kid-sized rocket for your budding astronaut and his or her world will be rocked.
DIY Cardboard box plane!
Of course the DIY cardboard box plane is similar to the rocket above with one noticeable difference: your kid can actually SIT DOWN in the plane of his or her own creation. You can also get super fancy with it and turn the plane into a car for a whole drive-in movie experience!
So there we have my seven favorite cardboard creations for kids. What are yours?