97 Cardboard Box Activities & Crafts for Kids

Inside: These creative and fun cardboard box activities are ideal for all ages. After checking out these ideas you will never throw out another cardboard box again!

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I am too excited for this post! I love using cardboard for activities. It is incredibly versatile and its 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 activities into 3 sections:

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

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cardboard box activities and crafts for kids

Boredom Busting Cardboard Box Activities

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•● Writing Stencil ●• _ Over the last few weeks I've been thinking about making a writing stencil to help with Tait's hypermobility. (Hypermobility is an excess amount of elasticity in your joints). _ We've been seeing an OT the last couple of months to help with his writing grip because when you've got a thumb that can fold in half, it's pretty hard to hold a pencil correctly 😉. He's progressing really well and our plan is to get some wooden stencils for Christmas to help him practice, but in the meantime I thought I would give a cardboard one a go and it turned out better than I thought 👍. _ My inspiration was from the @treasuresfromjennifer pre writing board, but I added a few different angles to challenge him with hand/arm/shoulder placement as he tends to try and write with his whole arm/shoulder instead of the movement coming from the wrist/hand. _ We tried it for the first time today and it went down a treat! And then the boys filled it up with little crystals when Tait had finished with the tracing. I also made it double sided by gluing the cut out shapes on the opposite side of the cardboard for crayon rubbings on paper. _ If you've seen a great pre-writing tool or hand strength exercise that you love, please tag me in it or share with me. I'm on the look out for some more ideas to implement in our house. The tutorial for this stencil will be in my stories and "Make It" thumbnail. 😊 Happy making!

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• DIY Rainbow Tunnel •⁣ Ever since the boys stopped being able to crawl through the largest arch of our @grimmswoodentoys rainbow, I’ve wanted to make a giant rainbow tunnel for them. For this project I used the huge cardboard box that our outdoor dining table came in. The boys helped me paint the arches and I also made some little stands out of cardboard to keep the arches upright (swipe left to see the boys in action and all the details).⁣ ⁣ The boys loved (commando) crawling through the tunnels and collecting all the “gold” (aka yellow and orange loose parts 😉) from the basket at the end of the rainbow. If they touched a rainbow arch and it toppled over they lost their gold. A fun game to get active inside, heighten your body awareness and to work together in a team by warning the other person when they got too close to the arch 😉😄⁣ ⁣ The only thing left to do for me is to find some Velcro dots so we can hang this huge rainbow in the window as part of the “Chase the rainbow” initiative 🌈♥️⁣ ⁣ Our DIY Rainbow Tunnel is joining some fun play prompts and challenges:⁣ ⁣ My and @oskarswoodenark #blogchallengeart as part of the #owafamilychallenge.⁣ @zaras_play_tribe and team for #artyapril and #ayearofplay,⁣ @create_make_and_play for #playathometoday “Box”,⁣ @2little_lims and team for #autumnbingo “Re-purpose”,⁣ @leniaskinderwelt “Pappkarton” Challenge,⁣ @the_crafty_kiwi_teacher #thelockdownlist, @cardboardfolk #wearecardboardfolk,⁣ @cardboard.kiddo #diycardboardplay,⁣ @resolvetoplay #playislearningplayisenough @playspirations #playspirations,⁣ @aktivitepaylasimi #aktivitepaylasimi, @recycleandplay #recycleandplay,⁣ @craft.and.play.your.way #craftandplayyourway⁣ ⁣ I was challenged by Rachel @rachelmoffatt13 to #passtherainbow and I challenge @flisatfun @learnandbloom and @7daysofplay to share rainbow colours in any form on their grid and pass them on 🌈♥️⁣ ⁣ #grimmswoodentoys #openendedtoys #diytoys #indoorfun #grossmotorskills #crafttherainbow #rainbowtrail #thegreatcardboardchallenge #spielenstattpanik #cardboardcreations #playdiscovercreate #stayhome #playroomstoriesactivities #playroomstoriesdiy #playroomstoriescreations ⁣

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CARDBOARD SMALL WORLD SET UP⁣ ⁣ #playathometoday 📦 ✔️ ⁣ ⁣ If you have any large boxes, this is a quick and simple set up that creates hours of fun! This took me minutes to make. I used a chalk board pen for the outlines of the houses, road markings and car parking spaces. Doing this on the stairs created different levels and a much larger play space.⁣ ⁣ If you are following me you have probably realised that the boys are really into cars at the moment, so I am pleased to say it was a big hit!! ⁣ ⁣ LEARNING OPPORTUNITIES:⁣ •fine motor skills and cognitive development (when rolling, racing, crashing and parking the cars)⁣ •hands-on learning⁣ •concentration ⁣ •listening skills⁣ •skill and control over an object⁣ •positional language (next to, behind, under, in between)⁣⁣ •distance (near, nearest, close, closest, far, furthest etc) ⁣⁣ •STEM skills⁣ ⁣ Throughout the morning Luca explored the cardboard city, racing the cars up and down. When he went back to play with it later on in the day I decided to focus on Luca’s understanding of positional language. ⁣ Asking questions such as:⁣ •Can you park the car in front of the house?⁣ •Can you put the car on the road?⁣ •Can you park the pink car next to the yellow car?⁣ ⁣ (Curriculum links: 22-36/30-50 month understanding; speaking; moving and handling; the world; maths; being imaginative) ⁣⁣ ⁣ @grimmswoodentoys slimline cars from @scandiborn⁣ ⁣ #recycleandplay #createmakeandplay #simpleplay #teachermum #toddlerplayideas #learningthroughplay #toddleractivities #playonabudget #reusetolearn #inspirationforisolation #playathome #learningthroughplay #childleday #toddleractivitiesathome #letthemplay #playbasedlearning #smallworldplay #imaginativeplay #diytoy #diytoys #invitationtoplay #everydayplayhacks @recycleandplay #craftytransportation #craftycardboardmake #playbased #grimms #toddlerplay #toddleractivities #kidsplay #letthemplay #letthembelittle #playtogether

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Bunny needs a haircut ✂️ When your little are obsessed with cutting and you don’t want your hair to be the target, give them something else to cut! ✂️ This was a bit like making a sensory board- •cut out two pieces of cardboard the dm same size; •cut out a bunny silhouette •attach cut out cardboard to base cardboard (I used hot glue) •fill in bunny with yarn – I suggest using PVA and waiting a day for it to dry (otherwise you’ll waste lots of hot glue 🙈) •give your littles some scissors and watch them get all Edward Scissorhands ✂️ This DIY was inspired by (and a mini twist) on Kathryn from @cardboard.folk garbage bag version. ✂️ #theeasterchronicles @the_owen_chronicles @jessie_and_jacob #easter_simple_play @chestnut_simple_play #makecreateplay hophophop @minimadthings #aprilplayathome @allthemumery #artyapril @flisatfun #diycardboardplay @cardboard.kiddo #autumnbingo @lifeonwallace #recycleandplay @recycleandplay #craftandplayyourway @craft.and.play.your.way #todayourchildren #thelockdownlist #createandplayathome #launestattlagerkoller #spielenstattpanik #stayhomeandcreate #thelockdownlist #montessoriathome #earlylearning #indoorfun #keepthembusy #playdiscovercreate #wherelearningmeetsplay #socialdistancing #preschoolactivities #toddleractivities #playathome #earlylearners #okulöncesi #invitationtoplay #homeschoolpreschool #waldorfinspired

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Learning Activities using Cardboard

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•● Aiming for Maths ●•⠀ ⠀ I don't know about you but over the last few weeks I've realised preparing for homeschooling can be serious business. I have spent many hours researching to fill our weeks and I bow down in gratitude to the people who are fully committed to homeschooling their children and who have shared their passion online. ❤ ⠀ It's only encouraged the idea of homeschooling my own children.⠀ ⠀ I will admit it's not all rainbows and butterflies, sometimes the kids drive me nuts, or just don't want to do any work. The amount of times Tait has said "I'm bored" while mid-work is a lot. 😂 ⠀ So lately I've been thinking outside of the box to keep them engaged while learning. This little idea kept them counting for at least an hour, which I counted as a solid win. Here's what you need:⠀ ⠀ • A large cardboard box⠀ • Cardboard cups – with numbers written on them⠀ • String to hang the cups⠀ • Things to throw at the cups – think rice bags, tennis balls or as we used – bow and arrows⠀ • Loose parts to count with⠀ ⠀ After we assembled the pieces together, we took aim at the cups. Whatever number we hit, was counted out with our Grapat mandala pieces. Then we would take aim again and add that number to our previous number for a total. That's maths people – whoop whoop! The kids did not even care we were doing maths, they were just having fun! ⠀ Even if you didn't use this idea for a maths activity, it would be a great hand/eye coordination activity for the kids.⠀ ⠀ What's your favourite play based learning activity?

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DIY SHAPE FINDERS 🟠🔺🟩 Luca is really interested in shapes and magnifying glasses at the moment. With this in mind I thought why not make him some shape finders out of cardboard and hide some shape stones in the garden for him to find. 🧡 Luca loved the Easter egg hunt so I knew this would be a hit, well I wasn’t mistaken, he loved this activity! Luca the shape detective 🕵️‍♂️ was able to recognise and name the circles and point to the squares!! No photos of him in action I’m afraid, I was making the most of him being full engrossed in the activity and enjoyed a nice hot cuppa. 🧡 (Curriculum links: 22-36/30-50 months moving and handling; shape, space and measure; people and communities; speaking)⁣ ⁣🧡 Resin letters from @simply_play_with_mummy Shape stones from @yellow_door_education 🧡 #recycleandplay #inspirationforisolation #eyfsinspiration #eyfsideas #playfullearning #toddlerplay #learningthroughplay #childledplay #simpleplay #playathometoday #toddlerplaytoday #createmakeandplay #teachermum #montessoritoddler #toddleractivities #toddlerplayideas #invitationtoplay #reusetolearn #diytoys @recycleandplay @mothercould @hellowonderful_co #cardboardcreations #playideasfortoddler #craftycardboardmake #outdoorlearning #outdoorplay #playoutside #playingoutside #outsideplay #playonabudget #everydayplayhacks #toddleractivitiesathome

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🔠 LETTER MATCHING 🔡 // Here’s an easy-to-make puzzle for uppercase and lowercase letter recognition! 👍 All you need is some leftover cardboard 📦 and some velcro stickers. 👌 Color Tip: make color coded sections to help guide preschoolers who might be new to matching upper and lowercases. 🌈 Play with the puzzle on a flat surface, or pop it on the wall for a vertical set up! 🙌 It’s truly amazing how much excitement and learning can be experienced with such simple materials! ♻️ Want to save this for later? Don’t forget to select the bookmark button! 🔖 Any questions at all? Drop👇 them in the comment section below and read on for the simple how-to instructions! – MATERIALS • Old piece of cardboard • Velcro Stickers (get them here: https://amzn.to/3eSSPoZ) • Markers – HOW TO MAKE (1) With a marker, draw a grid with sections for each letter; (2) Write either the uppercase or lowercase letters on the cardboard, depending on what they are most familiar with. Make sure to leave some room on the right side of the letter for it’s partner! (3) To make the matching letter pieces, cut out small pieces of cardboard and write the corresponding letters; (4) Place velcro stickers next to each letter on the board, and on each letter piece. – #activitiesforkids #kids #kidsactivities #learningthroughplay #learning #education #activitiesforchildren #earlylearning #preschool #montessori #earlychildhoodeducation #preschoolactivities #playideas #playbasedlearning #montessoriathome #playislearning #playathome #learningisfun #preschoolactivities #playandlearn #montessoriathome #earlychildhoodeducation #diy #kidsactivity #learningathome #learnthroughplay #activities #learning #alphabetactivity #letterlearning

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