It’s been this way for ages: kids love boxes. Ever noticed on Christmas morning that the gifts are great, but the boxes are even better?
Kids like simple things and you can help them. If you ever get a new appliance or other large item, save the box! Depending on the size and shape, you can cut a door and windows for a great little house, or flip it over to make a car or boat. Tape on some fabric for curtains or make a couple of peepholes. Kids will really enjoy playing peek-a-boo with Mom and Dad, and they’ll fill their boxes with teddy bears, dolls and whatever else suits their fancy. This type of activity encourages creativity and the boxes are generally free. If you don’t have a big purchase planned, ask at the appliance store and they may have an extra box you can have.