Sounds boring right? Not so fast – Let’s see how we can make a cardboard box educational AND FUN…
First things first let’s get familiar with our surroundings by learning our prepositions. I’m sure you remember them, for those of you who don’t let’s refresh our memories. We’ll climb IN the box, then climb OUT the box. Come to stand BEHIND it then IN FRONT. Do you know where the RIGHT side of the box is? And how about the LEFT
Well done! Now try to get your child to do it too! You can swap roles and they can also get their favorite toy, pet, ball, book, and sibling to join in too!
Using Our Imagination
Imagination time! What else could the cardboard box be? It’s often said children’s imaginations run wild… and that can be a good thing so let them take the lead here. If they get stuck a few options for the box can be to “transform” it into a car/airplane/train or boat even your own home! (also a great spot for when you play hide and seek).
While we’re at it why not decorate your cardboard box and make it personal? You can paint, colour and stick pictures on! We know, it’s crazy what you can do with a simple box. But we’re not done yet. Sensory development is important too and now you’ve got a useful tool that can make this fun by making a feely box – turn the box upside down, make a hole on the side to stick your hand through to feel, and guess what’s inside. The world is your oyster here… you can put different textures in, different food, kitchen things, bathrooms things, toys, and different animals. This is so much fun and can be a good laugh.
It may not seem like it, but these activities help a child lay the foundation for reading, writing, mathematical, and language skills. Prepositions are vital for children, they need to understand the space around them in relation to objects or other people.
Jack and Jill X