Baby and a Box
We are so lucky to live next to a
drug dealer pharmaceuticals rep who always has loads and loads of cardboard boxes stacked outside her house for trash pick up. It’s so handy. I’ve used a box now and then for shipping things but finally I grabbed a great big box and cut up Baby Bug’s first official Box House, or should I say Box Castle.
I am the queen of cutting up cardboard boxes. I dream of big refridgerater boxes and washing machine boxes and perhaps a few large old fashioned computer boxes when computers used to come with big fat monitors. There is nothing so much fun as the sound of a serrated knife sawing through cardboard and the vision of a shuttered window, a rocket ship spy hole or even a mailbox slot. I’ve been known to build things out of cardboard boxes well into my thirties and that was before I even had a kid. Now I get to live it all over again for her!
She loved it as much as an eight month old loves anything. For about five seconds.
Actually we recycled the box into many many reincarnations. A puppet show, a put-toys-in-the-hole game, peek-a-boo, a slide over pillows game, a tunnel, drumming, jumping, and of course the favorite: collapsing-of-the-box game… we exhausted our cardboard box.
Now I think I need a new brain.
p.s. happy birthday Nick!
haha! awesome box design. she looks so happy :)
The magical box. Just wait till she’s old enough to play with packing peanuts without eating them. Messy but you get at least 10 minutes of fun :P
Oh, but she is a pretty little one and getting fairer all the time.
My mom tells me that when I was a baby I loved play with boxes too!!!!
For when she’s older, and when you want to get full-on into the cardboard box castles (and space-ships, and galleons and …) check these out. I so wish I’d had some of these when I was a kid…
most excellent link! I’m saving that one!
I looooove box magic! Your castle looks fantastic! I linked you to my site… hope that’s okay?!
Those boxes were so much fun!!!
How cute to see Baby Bug’s little face peeking out! SAJ, she’s lucky to have you as her mom- you are giving her the gift of creativity. Creative people can find fun in anything- got to love the big cardboard box!
Awww….LOVE the pics…She is adorable, you really captured her joy!
Oh how much fun! I used to do that for my kids when they were little. and when they were 3 and up I would make a paint out of flour, water and food dye and let them “paint” the cardboard fort. they loved it. The mess though…. well they loved it anyway and thats what counted.
I know people with babies don’t go to the movies very much, but I just saw a movie with so much cardboard in it (cameras, a whole tv studio, a working “car”) that you would be seriously tickled.
If you put it away and get out next week you’ll have another 5 seconds of entertainment. I like the pic of her peeking through!
aw! you birthdayed me! thanks :)
i seem to remember you being the box-toy expert when we were kids.. t and i had one to ourselves once, though, when we made a box into a big computer and i was inside the box pretending to have all the answers.
that’s so you N!
The benefits of being a creative genius. I never cut window out for my kids, they were just allowed to crawl around in the box. BB is lucky.