I might get a little silly about wanting to hoard cardboard, but I seriously see possibilities and an invitation to play when I see cardboard.
My son has toys on top of toys to play with, but I like it when I can inspire his imagination. It is interesting to see how he plays when presented new options.
We had an empty Similac box and I decided it would be a fun to see what I could do with it as a 5 minute project.
I grabbed a handful of crayons and asked Roo what he wanted me to make.
He said "The Library!"
Now, don't you dare laugh at my art work!
I colored the building red and made simple windows with stick people and books.
He got the hint.
He stopped playing cars for a moment and kissed his sister. Then he realized I had in fact made the library.
He dashed over and got the Mickey Mouse gang and took them to story time. This project took me less than 5 minutes. My son had a blast with his library and he played with it for 2 and a half days. It doubled as school and a garage for cars, then a cave for dinos.
How do you create fun activities with your kids with items you would otherwise throw away or hopefully recycle?