Once the mercury drops, parenting as we all know it gets even harder. Sure, we’d all like to get outside, but by the time we finish bundling everyone in their winter gear it’s either lunch time or nap time, and at least one of you has to pee. It’s time to admit defeat and surrender to the great indoors. At least until we get a bit of snow, anyway; sledding down a hill of dead grass just doesn’t elicit quite the same thrill.
We know, we know: staying inside with a bunch of kids will eventually make even the most patient of parents lock themselves in the bathroom with a bottle of chardonnay. Unless, we arm you with the most awesome and creative activities using every kid’s already-favourite item: the cardboard box!
Go ahead and grab your glue gun, and find your inner crafter! Your recycling pile awaits:
10 super awesome things you and your kids can make with cardboard boxes
Cardboard-KitchenThis bright and colourful cardboard kitchen is so fantastically fun that you'd swear it was actually from Pottery Barn Kids. Grab yourself a few boxes and a bit of paint and head over to Rodessa Villanueva Reyes' Facebook page for the instructions. Rodessa Villanueva Reyes
Box House TowerThis is the perfect project for city dwellers, or future city planners. Build your own sky scraper a la Nessa Dee! Complete with homes for all of your friends, and every store you could ever need so you'll never have to go outside again! Just kidding; you should obviously add a rooftop amusement park!Nessa Dee
Airstream CamperKids love camping, and parents love the timeless beauty of an Airstream. Now, thanks to The Merrythought, you can have both in your living room! You know, without shelling out big bucks and having to manually empty your septic tank.The Merrythought
Train Tunnel + Race TrackThis is probably the easiest project in the list, but that doesn't make it any less fun! If you have a train-and-car-obsessed toddler, this is definitely for you. Race track on top, tunnel on the bottom, and the perfect addition to any play room! Celebrate Everyday With Me has the instructions for you.Celebrate Everyday With Me
Ball MazeIf you think for a second about how much adults love PLINKO (it's the only reason we watch The Price is Right) and then multiply that by 1000 you'll understand why your kids will love this DIY. They get to drop things, watch things fall, use a step stool, and best of all: do the same thing over and over and over and over with your help! WIN! Thanks to A Happy Wanderer for this brilliant project.to A Happy Wanderer
Pirate ShipAt first glance you aren't going to believe that this is made from cardboard because it's THAT GOOD and Kate's Creative Space is clearly a wizard. This is next-level Pinterest mom stuff, but why not take the opportunity to up your craft game? Just try not to cry when your kid inevitably spills their apple juice in it.Kate's Creative Space
Drive-in Theatre carsAvoiding screen time altogether is basically impossible, but you can at least have your kids work together to create an incredible viewing space before settling into Frozen for the hundredth time. Plus! It keeps popcorn from getting lodged between couch cushions! Thanks for that, Not Just A Housewife! Not Just A Housewife
GuitarDo you want to foster your child's love of music, but without having to subject your ears to it? (We love our kids, and their budding talents, but sometimes we just need a little quiet time.) This cardboard guitar is the perfect balance of fun and practicality. And since they can draw all over it you don't need to worry about your beloved Les Paul becoming a Picasso. You can find instructions and more photos on IKATBAG.IKATBAG
Grocery StoreApparently, IKATBAG is home to a creative genius because they're also the mastermind behind this incredible cardboard grocery store. This is so good that your kids could set up a fruit market or lemonade stand and passersby will be so impressed they'll simply throw money at them.IKATBAG
ElevatorEven if you live in a single story apartment, you know an elevator would be a welcome addition in the eyes of any child. This simple beauty from Repeat Crafter Me turns googly eyes into buttons, and a cardboard box into hours of make-believe. What more could you wish for? Repeat Crafter Me
Cardboard carYour little ones will be saying "vrrooomm vrrooomm" for days after you make this fantastic car together. It's got a seat, pedals, side mirrors, and of course, a steering wheel. All we have to say is good luck getting your kids out of it and into your actual car when it comes time for the school run. Spin on over to Little Red Window for instructions and detailed photos. Little Red Window