Recycled Cardboard Box Play
Invitation to Create & Play with Recycled Materials
Project: Recycle and Create!
This year, I have joined with a terrific team of bloggers to bring you Project: Recycle & Create! Each month we will be trying out a different recycled material from the recycling bin and showing you a variety of ways to make something old into something new and fun! Our hope is to give you inspiration and motivation to dig deep into your household’s recycling bin and find a new way to use what you have. This is wonderful and educational hands-on play for your child while you learn about recycling and discovering new ideas together! Good Luck! For complete details stop by the main page for Project: Recycle & Create at P is For Preschooler
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P is for Preschooler, Powerful Mothering, Afterschool for Smarty Pants, Still Playing School, Lemon Lime Adventures, Creative World of Varya, Mama Miss, There’s Just One Mommy, Little Bins for Little Hands, Peakle Pie, Sugar Aunts, Teach Me Mommy, and Danya Banya.
You can also link up your favorite ideas for each material at the end of each bloggers post!
Here’s our recycled cardboard box play!
We have enjoyed recycled cardboard box play in the past especially with our warehouse food boxes from the big stores! They are strong and sturdy and just seem to last forever (if you are nice to them). This time we not only used those boxes but we also gathered up all our food container boxes from the recycling bin. I decided to set up two different invitation to create and play for this recycled cardboard box play project! This little elevator we made about 6 months ago is a fixture on our stairway railing. He uses it everyday!
Invitation To Play Grocery Store
We have used our warehouse boxes as shelves for our grocery play in the past but never actual food boxes. Our recycling bin was overflowing with some of his favorites, so I simple took some packaging tape and taped them closed. We set up a grocery store in the playroom and took turns being the customer and the cashier! we chose our favorite groceries, rang them up on the cash register, payed the clerk and packed our bags and then unpacked and started all over again. At the end, he set up an animal picnic for all his stuffed friends! Fun and simple recycled cardboard box play everyone can do!
Invitation to Create a Painting
Our second recycled cardboard box play consisted of creating artwork! I took an old box and made homemade recycled cardboard box play brushes out of it. I made different patterns at the bottom of each to see what textures and prints he could come up with while he painted. I was excited to see how he would use the brushes! I set out a canvas,paints and paper plates on a table for him. He had a lot of fun exploring how each brush worked and even making up ways I hadn’t thought of to use some of the recycled cardboard box brushes! I love how he filled the whole canvas and worked so happily making designs and patterns. He was proud of the finished work. Me too!
More Great Uses For Warehouse Boxes
Next time you go to a warehouse style store, grab some extra boxes they keep out for packing your groceries. They come in handy for lots of play ideas! Need some more recycled cardboard box play ideas! How about a fun indoor gross motor ball game for snowy, rainy days. It’s fun, easy and addictive. Simple set up and simple play is often the best. Click here for the full post on this simple cardboard box game.
Here is even more recycled cardboard box play ideas! Click here for the full post on these ideas!