100+ Awesome Cardboard Box Crafts for Kids

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Check out these amazing and creative cardboard box crafts and activities are absolutely perfect for all ages. After checking out these ideas you will never throw out another cardboard box again!

I am so excited for this post! I love using cardboard for activities. It is incredibly versatile and absolutely free! I wrote this blog post thinking that I would add about 50+ ideas using cardboard boxes and I quickly realized that I would have to increase that number… by a lot!

There are just soooo many ways to use cardboard and I didn’t even include cardboard tubes in my list!?

I have organized this truly amazing list of cardboard box crafts and activities into 3 sections:

  • Cardboard Box Arts & Crafts
  • Boredom Busting Cardboard Box Activities
  • Learning Activities using a Cardboard Box

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Cardboard boxes make the BEST toys for kids! And this list will help you find all the best ideas to make the most your cardboard stash.

Looking for more crafts using other recycled items such as plastic bottles, paper or string? Check out:

Crafting with Recyclables: 10 Eco-Friendly Projects for Kids


Amazing Cardboard Box Crafts for Kids

DIY Jet Pack Craft for Kids

Cardboard Box Castle Craft

Marble Run Craft for Kids

Cardboard Box Guitar Craft

Tissue Box Monster Craft

LEGO Cardboard Robot

DIY Cardboard Tent Craft

Dandelion Turtle Craft

Cardboard Box Robot Craft

Pipe Cleaner Rainbow Craft

Easy Fire Truck Craft for Kids

Cardboard Bicycle Craft

Pretend Play Cardboard Laptop Craft

Shaving Cream Sensory Play to Decorate the Cake – Days With Grey

Make a Cardboard Pizzeria – Handmade Charlotte

Art Studio in a Box – Fun Littles

A Simple and Beautiful Nature Craft – Little Pine Learners

Build Your Own Cardboard Castle Playhouse – There’s Just One Mommy

Make: Stacking Collage Cardboard Castles – Barley and Birch

Painting in a Box – Simple Fun for Kids

Giant Cardboard Insects Craft – La Maison De Loulou

Rainforest in a Box – Fun Littles

Foldable, Collapsible Cardboard Superhero Hideout – Pink Stripey Socks

How to Make a Cardboard Helmet for a Costume – There’s Just One Mommy

Cardboard Sculptures – Science Sparks

A Cardboard Box House – Say Yes

Throw Ball Splatter Painting by Blog Me Mom

Guitar Crafts for Kids by Fun Family Crafts

Butterfly Nature Craft – Early Years Outdoor


Recycled Cardboard Painted Sea Life – La Maison De Loulou

Recycled Cardboard Theatre – Make-it-Your-Own

Cardboard Cake Craft – Mama.Papa.Bubba

DIY Cardboard Box Dinosaur – hello, Wonderful

Cardboard Box Easel – Art Bar Blog

Truck Painting: Fun Art Activity for Toddler – Happily Ever Mom

Fun Cardboard Box Activities for Kids

cardboard box activities and crafts for kids
cardboard box activities and crafts for kids

Learning Activities using Cardboard

cardboard box activities and crafts for kids

Age Suitability for Cardboard Box Crafts & Activities

These activities vary for toddlers aged children 2.5 years old and up. My kids are 5, 5 and 8 years old.

Mess Level

The mess level for this activity varies.

Difficulty to Create 


Skills Developed in these Cardboard Box Crafts & Activities

Language development, shape recognition, color recognition, hand-eye coordination, fine motor skills, imaginative play, creativity.

Toddler and Preschooler Curriculums, Books & TV Show!

Play2Learn Toddler & Preschool Programs for Curious Toddlers

There is no limit to your toddler’s energy and curiosity. That energy and curiosity although a joy can be challenging at times. Their interest in just about everything around them is what makes them great learners. One and two year olds can soak up so much just from their senses!

But as a teacher or parent that thirst for learning can be exhausting. That is why I created this toddler and preschooler program. To help you get the most out of this time with your curious toddler without having to come up with creative ways to play and interact with them.

Play2Learn for Toddlers includes 20 Units for toddlers. Each 2-week toddler unit has 20 super easy to set up and engaging activities for toddlers 18 months to 3 years.

Play2Learn Preschool which includes 20 Units for preschoolers. Each 2-week preschoolers unit has 20 unique and easy to set up and engaging activities for preschoolers 3 years to 5 years. That’s over 800 learning activities for your toddler and preschooler at your fingertips! So many ideas you and your child will never be bored again! 

These toddler and preschool lesson plans and activities will definitely keep you and your toddler and preschooler busy playing and learning!

Click here for more information: Play2Learn

Designed for toddlers 18 months and up.

Book: Exciting Sensory Bins for Curious Kids

Did you know I wrote a book of sensory bins? Click here for more information Exciting Sensory Bin for Curious Kids. Or grab your copy at Amazon

Boring afternoons are made exciting with awesome animal-based bins, like Salty Shark Bay or Yarn Farm. Pretend play bins like Birthday Cake Sensory Play or Bubble Tea Party encourage creativity and imagination. And your kids will have so much fun they won’t even know they’re getting smarter with STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art and math) activities like Sink or Float Soup, Magnetic Letter Hunt or Ice Cream Scoop and Count.

Designed for toddlers 18 months and up.

Book: Super STEAM Activity Book for Kids

Learning all about science, technology, engineering, art, and math sets kids up for scholastic success―and it can be so much fun! Watch kids enjoy building STEAM skills as they color friendly fish, help water find its way to tree roots, solve math problems with mazes, and more. 

Find out more and grab your copy here.

Designed for preschoolers 3 years old and up.

Book: Big Book of Riddles for Kids

Riddle me this: What’s an exciting way to practice critical thinking while having a blast? The Big Riddle Book for Kids, of course! From hilarious puns to tough brain teasers, kids can build problem-solving skills with hundreds of riddles that show them how to think outside the box.

  • 350 riddles for kids—Have hours of fun with riddles, puns and jokes, and math and logic puzzles that’ll get their wheels turning!
  • Level up their skills—Riddles get trickier as kids progress through the book, challenging them as they get better at solving puzzles!
  • Double-check their work—Kids can check their answers in the back of the book with a handy answer key.

Help children expand their minds while having fun with this puzzle book for kids!

Designed for kids ages 6 years old and up.

TV Show: Curious Crafting

I’m so excited to finally share my new crafting TV show Curious Crafting which launched July 1 at on TVOkids and TVOkids YouTube!

Set in the ultimate crafting space, Curious Crafting is a short form pre-school age series about the joy of making crafts. I lead a rotating cast of adorable little preschoolers (including my own) making magic out of common household objects.

In each episode we transform recycled items into magical crafts like a milk carton school bus, paper bag puppet or cotton pad turtle. The crafters learn and laugh their way through each activity while demonstrating what their young imaginations can create. 

Curious Crafting shares the adventure and joy of making art with takeaway lessons for creating crafts at home.

This show designed for toddlers and preschoolers 2.5 years old and up. 


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