Before you throw out or recycle any boxes from Christmas, did you know that boxes can be as much fun as the toys that were in them?
Today is Boxing Day, and while adults have their traditions, for kids it’s a day for some fun and learning for early development and kindergarten readiness while playing with The Box! After so much stimulation from Christmas, kids need a way to limit all that excitement, and a cardboard box can help kids contain their bodies and their emotions.
A box might look empty but it is full of potential for play. Children can imagine many scenarios such as a bus, a rocket, a house, a fort, a store, a post office, or whatever else interests them. Even though the possibilities are huge, the space is small so it is much easier for kids to feel a measure of control.
Not only does a box meet the need for being able to control a space, it also helps kids adapt an ordinary object for a particular purpose. Their imaginative play also gives them the opportunity to develop creative skills. These are more than kindergarten readiness, but lifelong skills that adults need, too.
Any day of the year can be Boxing Day, but today there’s a very good chance that there are a few empty ones at your house. Are there some that your child can use for fun and learning?