Give Your Kids a Box

By Rachel Tiemeyer

give your kids a box

“Find something to do. Now.”

“We don’t have anything to do here, Mom!”

Have you been privy to this absolutely absurd statement from your child before? I have a closet overflowing with games, puzzles, Legos, and craft stuff, and they can’t seem to find anything to do. But…but…when I hand my kids a box, ah, their eyes light up and their imaginations take off.

give your kids a box

What is it about a box? Does it scream “Now there‘s something that I’m allowed to destroy!”? Does it present endless possibilities in a world of parental control? Does the dark, tight coziness remind them of the womb?! I don’t have the answer to these deep existential questions. All I know is GIVE YOUR KIDS A BOX.

On this particular day, the Vitacost box, some markers, a paper plate, and a paper bag provided all they fodder they needed. My three hooligans spend much of the day annoying one another and fighting. Not with a box around! PROOF:

And guess what the 1st grade boy and 5-year-old girl did? This for about 15 minutes…

What do YOUR kids do with boxes? (Mine also do this, which is kind of creepy.)


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  1. Liz says:

    When I was a kid, we lived near a Sears Warehouse. Of all the “toys” at our disposal, the large cardboard refrigerator, washer, or dryer boxes sometimes discarded there provided us with DAYS of outdoor fun, until they literally fell apart. Thanks for bringing back great memories.