Outside the Box

We have a lot of boxes left from last summer's move to Memphis. Most of them have been disassembled and stored in the attic. Hopefully, they will not have to be retrieved any time soon. But some have been left available for other uses. My granddaughter is the largest consumer. She has cut, colored and pasted to create doll houses, cars and hideouts. It's not for lack of toys. At least a dozen crates of age appropriate toys can be found in her bedroom and play area. But the boxes remain a favorite.

The Strong Museum of Play in Rochester, NY has inducted the cardboard box into it's National Toy Hall of Fame. The list of inductees heavily favors creative toys: Legos, marbles, the ball, the Hula Hoop, kites, teddy bears and Play-Doh join the box on this list.

It's a good argument for skipping many of the pricey electronic toys that are on the market today. A bit ironical that the cardboard box can be so instrumental in teaching a child to think outside the box!


Today's post was inspired by Heads Or Tails where today we got to choose a theme from the past.  I selected Box, a theme from September 2008.  Go check out some other themes.  Why not join in the fun.


  1. Great post! Isn't it funny how little kids prefer the boxes to the toys in them when they are still using their imaginations. Another "box" makes that creativity dull a little when they get older (xBox!). I had no idea there was a toy hall of fame. Pretty cool!

  2. Ah, boxes can be used for so many things. Always good to have plenty in.

  3. Excellent post! We also reuse boxes. The grandkids love to use the big ones to make play houses, and little shoebox ones make excellent dioramas. One of my friends saved boxes from cereal and other foodstuff and made a huge, kid-sized castle. It is awesome!


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