Nothing inspires kids more than an empty box! (Ask any parent who’s ever purchased anything that came in a box.) Take for example, a sturdy shoe box. Next time you buy a pair of shoes, keep the box and try one of these ideas for shoe boxes. From creative play to simple storage, this rectangular box is small enough to stash in a closet when playtime is over.
Make a Mini Puppet Theater
Besides a shoe box, your child will need basic crafting supplies for this kids’ craft. Your child should cut out the bottom of the box and glue fabric inside for a curtain. Next, he should cover the outside of the box with construction paper. Make some paper or sock puppets and you have everything you need for a shoe box puppet stage. That’s a great idea!
Create Fantastic Dioramas
A diorama is basically a tiny stage where your child can display a scene from a story or relive a special memory. Besides paper, glue and scissors, help him find textural items like string, yarn and even buttons to make this 3-D shoe box craft come to life. For fun, ask him to create a diorama of his favorite book or movie scene.
A Handy Home for the Dolls
Work together on this shoe box craft–make a dollhouse for small dolls. Instead of boring construction paper, use scrapbook paper as wall paper. Arrange tiny pieces of furniture (like from a thrift store toy section) in your shoe box. If you have enough boxes, you could make several different rooms.
Create a Crafts on the Go Tote
This kids’ shoe box craft isn’t just fun-it’s smart! Transform a plain old shoe box into a tote for the kid crafter. (This craft works best with shoe boxes that have an attached lid.) Decorate the outside with paper and markers. Fill the inside with new crafting supplies and place it in the car. (Of course, do leave out the crayons–they will melt in a hot car.)