Simple Activity For Kids: Try a Box!

For the Love of a Box

Life is Complicated… Kids are Not.

My boys are 7 and 11. Just for fun, while we were wandering the aisles of Home Depot one evening last week, I let each of them get a cardboard moving box.

I walked from the back of the store to the cash with the two of them flanking me, “protecting” me with their newfound shields. They were over the top excited to be getting cardboard boxes, and proudly helped me load them into the car.

At home, they created forts while I made dinner, and then reconfigured the boxes to use them as ramps for various cars. Later on, they each stepped inside of one and walked around bumping into each other, pretending they were robots.

So. Many. Giggles.

After school the following day, the craft supplies came out and the two boxes were adorned with one-of-a-kind artworks in marker and coloured pencil. Precision scissor cuts created cutouts, and we discovered that pipe cleaners could be used to poke holes and add some decorative flair.

When bedtime rolled around, my oldest had grown tired of his box, and let his little brother have both. The two boxes were quickly attached together to create one long tube, closed on one end. Away it went, up the stairs to his bedroom. I knew what was coming next.

“Mom, can I pleeeeaaase sleep in my fort?”

Not seeing any harm in it, I conceded. He excitedly and immediately lined the fort with two fuzzy blankets, pillows and his favourite stuffies and turned it into the perfect cozy nest. And so began night one of what has now been a week of campouts (err… camp ins?) inside of a box.

A bed made of cardboard, on the floor. Right beside his actual bed, now sitting empy despite its many stuffies, soft covers and new, very comfortable mattress. Silly me for thinking that was the way to go!

I laugh every time I walk by his room and catch a glimpse of the fort-bed. And every time I poke my head in at night to check on him. And every morning when he wakes up, crawls back into it head first, and reads his Dennis the Menace books with a flashlight, footed Christmas jammy feet sticking out the end.

This morning on the way to school, I asked both boys to give me some Christmas list ideas. My oldest of course rattled off video games and sports equipment.

My youngest? You guessed it. A box.

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I founded Mums 'n Chums in 2009 after realizing that the area I live in was drastically underserviced as compared to surrounding areas for support and activities for growing families. Mums 'n Chums grew popular very quickly and I have been dedicated to nurturing that growth through frequent networking, social media engagement and in person meetups. By the end of its first year, Mums 'n Chums had close to 500 members and was receiving regular inquiries from fans outside of its service area, asking when we would be expanding to serve them as well. After much careful research and polling, I expanded the site in May of 2011 to cover the entire North end of the GTA (from Cambridge to Markham), areas I believe are still receiving far less attention than they deserve from other sites and family services. We also changed the focus from small scale local mom and tot meetups to more of an informative purpose, closing down our forum and adding several talented contributors to the blog. We do still offer several large scale family events per year, such as our popular Birthday Bash events and our Holiday Bash in December. Our contests have also become a member favourite, and we strive to offer amazing prizes from trusted brands like Babies R Us, La Roche Posay, Johnson's Baby and many more. In March of 2016, after months of work spent migrating all of the site's content to a new platform, Mums 'n Chums re-launched with its fresh, new look. The changes and expansion have proven a great success and we're still getting inquiries from several other cities within the Greater Toronto Area, whom we have decided to serve as well. I have built this site and its' reputation carefully and look forward to continuing its growth!

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