If anyone in your family received shoes for the holidays, or you bought pairs for all those special occasions, chances are you still have the shoe boxes. There's something about the size and durability of shoe boxes that tempts us to keep them long after the shoes are unpacked.
I've always had a fascination with boxes, and I'm big on up-cycling -- so I hate throwing them away. This week I've curated five types of projects your kids can do with those sturdy shoe boxes you stashed in the closet.
1. KID'S ART PROJECTS
A shoe box can open up a huge burst of creativity. Let your kid create dioramas, habitats, sculptures and secret boxes. Anytime you're looking for something fun to do, pull out a shoe box.
2. DOUBLE-DUTY: CRAFTS THAT PROMOTE CREATIVE PLAY
I love these ideas because the crafting sets the stage, literally, for creative play. Puppet theaters, doll houses, city building blocks and car garages can keep your kid busy during indoor play time.
Teach organization skills to kids by using a shoe box to collate stickers, photos, craft images, art supplies or any small collectables. The idea on the left uses toilet paper rolls inside the box to collate pens, markers and pencils. Decorate the box, and organize away!
4. DIY FAMILY SUGGESTION BOX
Transform a shoe box into a Family Suggestion Box. Everyone likes being heard, especially kids. Knowing that you’re listening to their ideas can foster healthy communication within the family, and can even motivate children. Here are some tips for making a Family Suggestion Box work:
- Work together to decorate the box. Bonus points for figuring out a way to attached paper and writing supplies.
- Offer suggestions for topics -- such as family dinner menus, weekend free-time, chore schedule improvements and vacation ideas.
- Schedule time to review the suggestions together as a family.
- Make sure you actually implement some suggestions, or the box could backfire.