Imagination Play: Kids’ Natural Tendency to Cardboard
The simple and undeniable truth is that kids love to play with cardboard, no matter where they live! If there is cardboard within their reach they will invariably grab it and create with it. This magical response to cardboard is natural and it carries several benefits for the child.
Some of the benefits of playing with cardboard are less obvious than others but I think we can all agree to some, like imaginative play, free-play etc. There are several practical reasons why cardboard is great for initiating imaginative play.
Durability and Kid+Earth Friendly
Cardboard is a durable and versatile material. It is lightweight, fairly strong, and recyclable. Unlike plastics and other materials, cardboard lets kids decorate with crayons, markers, paint, stickers, just about anything you can imagine. Also, there’s no better way of educating your child on the Green movement than up-cycling plain old cardboard to something really cool.
Hands-on learning from designing
A child can put their creativity and design concepts to the test over and over until they get it right. If one idea doesn’t work, there’s always more cardboard to try again and test a different approach.
Unlike flat sheets of paper, it is easy to build 3D structures with cardboard and kids seem to intuitively know how to work it.
A blank slate
Cardboard’s neutrality allows for the perfect medium upon which a child can easily express their creativity.
What’s your big cardboard box idea? A big idea out of a cardboard box has nothing to do with consumerism but more with creative play. For those of you who like to work from patterns for inspiration, there’s a plethora of cardboard building ideas out there to inspire your child’s own creations. The best idea is the one that your child can connect with, whether being airplanes, masks, armors, swords, shields and of course helmets! Let your child make the choice. If you have never built with cardboard and are looking for ideas, check out Crafteeo’s Boxeeo Helmet, where you can print out the patterns from the website and use your own cardboard to build it! Painting and decorating might be optional, but rather irresistible!