Monday, May 25, 2009

How To Entertain 2 Little Kids

I did not plan this activity, but here's how it happened one day a few months ago. . .

I received a package in the mail in a large box. After opening it and removing the contents, the empty box was instantly taken over by my 3 year old and 1 year old.

First they sat in it with the box upright and pretended it was a boat.

The box toppled over a couple times before I realized the danger of a head colliding with the hard tile floor and turned the box on its side and suggested to the kids that it was a "cave" or "house".

After a few minutes the "cave" became a little crowded.

I remembered I had another large box in the garage and brought it in.

Ahhh. . . . Each with their own space!!!
Of course, it was only a few minutes before Little Brother began going into Big Sister's "house", which resulted in shrieks. Finally she said she was "moving to Oklahoma!" and she drug her box into the living room.

But, seconds later, guess who moved in next door?

You guessed it!! Little Brother moved his box right over next to hers!

Despite the occasional squabble, the kids really did have a blast for a long time in their boxes. They moved toys and "furniture" into their houses, rang each other's "doorbells", and had me knock hundreds of times and ask if anybody was home so they could pop out!

It was really fun to watch their creative play! I have blogged before about my daughter and her love of "too much stuff". At the end of their play I emptied her "house" and look what was inside!!!

It is a wonder she fit in there with all that stuff!!!

It really is a privilege to get to stay home with my little ones and experience these ordinary, extraordinary, every day times!

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  1. What fun!!! My kids also love to play in keeps them entertained for a long time!

  2. Aww! They are too adorable. They sooo remind me of my kids. I also have a 3 year old daughter and 1 year old son. :) I now can't wait to give them boxes!

  3. My sister and I played in/with boxes for years! Hours of entertainment -- such a simple treasure.

  4. how great it is to be able to please the little ones so easily

  5. Moving to Oklahoma! Haha! That is too cute!

  6. Love this! It always amazes me that we buy our kids so many toys and the things they are sometimes happiest with are the items like boxes!

  7. Great lesson - my 4 year old had fun with a large box here this week too - it was a boat then submarine and he decorated it with stickers and granny's box of old buttons.

  8. My dad always says that you could spend thousands on the very best toys and kids will always play with the boxes longer than the toys.

  9. I love it when a box can occupy my kids for so long! I have a few pictures of them laying down in a box when they were little. They made it there bed. Check out my Tackle It Tuesday here.

  10. Boxes always seem to be the best entertainment.

  11. My kids recently had a heyday with a big mailing box. My daughter made a house out of it. Turned into a big craft project. SO much fun! those are great pictures.

  12. Boxes are the BEST!! My older son far preferred the box to just about everything (except Legos!) Love the pics!

  13. Ha!! Kiddos are fun. I would love to just sit in a box today... as long as I could read my book too!

  14. Boxes have always been a big hit in our home. My teenagers even get excited when a new appliance arrives. If you've not read it "Christina Katerina and the Box" is a delightful illustration. Check ebay or


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