This activity promotes development and learning by encouraging children to use large muscles to move and balance their own body, as well as to explore and interact with the environment.
- Large boxes (big enough to climb into – the number needed depends on the age of the child)
- Markers, paint, or any other craft items you have at home to decorate your box
Participants: This activity is intended for independent play, however, younger children will require adult preparation and supervision.
- Provide a large carton from an appliance (or other large box). Let your child explore the box; feeling it and getting inside.
- If your child is old enough, talk about what the box could be. Help him/her develop it into car, truck, puppet theatre, playhouse, or anything else your child chooses using paint, paper, markers, or any other materials you already have at home.
- Older children can make more complex structures; attaching several boxes together to make larger or connected buildings.
This structure will last for a while, and your child may be inspired to repurpose their creation into something new over time. When you’re ready to disassemble it, be sure to reuse or recycle.