Play is the foundation of a child’s learning. It is how they learn about the world, themselves, and how they create and get along with other people, how they make decisions, resolve conflicts, and discover their own strengths, abilities as well as their interests.
Play is Fun – fun means laughter and joy, thus it reduces stress and anxiety.
Thus for today's fun activities, I am going to use cardboard boxes as the platform for play.
What can you create with cardboard boxes? If you Google search, you will be able to find hundreds of ideas ranging from cardboard houses, kitchen stoves, cardboard beds, cardboard cars, or just plain card board for your toddler to climb in and out or hide.
What can your child learn from cardboard boxes?
- They love to climb into the box – good for motor skills and they learn about the space.
- Depending on the size and weight of the cardboard box, your toddler can push the box around – this is physical development, building strength and understanding movement.
- Boxes make a comfortable, ideal place for hiding or sleeping in – your child will feel safe in a smaller confined space suitable for their size. And also if you play pee-ka-boo or hide and seek, it enables them to make use of the object to hide from you based on their creativity.
- Have you seen drawings on empty boxes or make-believe doors or windows? It develops their motor skills and imagination when they start drawing, all within the confines of the box, in their own space…
Where can you find the cardboard boxes?
- Bunnings – they have plenty and they are free. Just drop by and pick up a few.
- Your local grocer or supermarkets
- Friends and families who are moving houses etc
Do you have any photos of cardboard play- stories to share? I would love to hear from you 🙂
Have a fun and creative weekend with your family!