17 Cute Cardboard Box Craft Ideas For Kids That Will Amuse Them

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If your child is anything like mine – you could spend a fortune on the best toys out there, yet the simple, usually free and recycled activities, are enjoyed much more! Here are 17 Cute Cardboard Box Craft Ideas for Kids, that will definitely amuse them and help pass some time.

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You know the scenario – give a child a toy and they will have more fun playing with the box! A cardboard box can give endless fun so here are cardboard box craft ideas your child might enjoy.

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17 Cute Cardboard Box Craft Ideas For Kids

#1. A Castle, Perfect for your Prince/Princess

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Image courtesy of Learning & Exploring Through Play

We set about creating a big sensory castle for Little N, over at Learning & Exploring Through Play. She helped all the way and really enjoyed painting it. She enjoyed putting her Princess dress on and going in and out of the different rooms we create. Children love dens so this was perfect for that! We added a basket full of sensory items to explore too!

#2. Cardboard Rocket

Cardboard Box Rocket
Image courtesy of Lemon Lime Adventures

And in 5..4..3..2..1.. we have BLAST OFF! Have a child who is intrigued with space? Make them their very own rocket ship, like this one from Lemon Lime Adventures!

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#3. DIY Building Blocks

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Image courtesy of Sunny Day Family

We used to use large plastic building bricks when I worked in Nursery. They were very popular and there wasn’t many days where they wasn’t played with outdoors. Although they are great, they are very pricey too so why not look at creating your very own, like Sunny Day Family?

#4. A Cardboard Box Puppet Theatre

Puppet Theatre from a Cardboard Box
Image courtesy of Ofthehearth.com

This really is a must for all children to create at some point in their childhood – we like this idea from Of The Hearth! Not only can you enjoy creating this together, you can go on to entertain one another with your very own shows. For some extra fun, add technology in with it, and take some photos and videos of the shows you make.

#5. Cardboard Garage

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Image courtesy of In The Playroom

Is your child crazy about cars? Using a cardboard box, get together and make a cardboard garage for small world play, like In The Playroom. You can get some lovely wooden garages, but the beauty of making a cardboard one is:

  • It’s free.
  • It can be personalised how you wish.
  • When you have finished you can throw it in the recycle bin and create another one at a later date if you wish.

#6. Cardboard Box Play Tunnels

Cardboard Box Tunnels
Image courtesy of Inspiration Laboratories

Simple. Free. Fun. This great idea by Inspiration Laboratories is put together in a matter of seconds and “Ta Daaa” you have a fun set up that will entertain your children for hours! Hosting a play date? Sorted!

#7. Table-Top Small World Castle

Cardboard Box Castle
Image courtesy of Snotty Noses

If you would prefer to create something a little smaller than the castle above, you could always create a table-top cardboard castle for some small world play instead. This is a super cute idea from Snotty Noses and doesn’t take up too much room. Great to use indoor or outdoor!

#8. Painting in a Box

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Image courtesy of Simple Fun for Kids

Why not use your boxes as a canvas for creating, like Simple Fun for Kids? Whether you choose to offer an option to paint, or draw with crayons and felts, this will be a hit with children, of all ages!

#9. Cardboard Box Pirate Ship

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Image courtesy of Molly Moo

Let your favourite dolls or figure characters take to the seas in a cardboard pirate ship. Sail far and wide and see what treasure you can find on your way. This cardboard box pirate ship by Molly Moo is definitely worth checking out – she promises it only takes an hour to make!

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#10. Cardboard Caravan

Cardboard Box Caravan
Image courtesy of Fun Crafts Kids

This is such a fabulous idea from Fun Crafts Kids and the attention to detail brings this caravan to life even more!

#11. Make A Robot

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Image courtesy of Crafts by Amanda

Amanda shows us how to turn some recycled cans, a cereal box and cardboard tubes into a fun Cardboard Box Robot!

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#12. Create an Underwater Scene

Cardboard Box Ocean Scene
Image courtesy of Learn With Play At Home

This underwater set-up by Learn with Play At Home is really effective and I love how you can use this idea for any theme you may be focusing on, or to fit your child’s interests!

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#13. Ball Drop

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Image courtesy of Pink Oatmeal

This is a great idea from Pink Oatmeal for Toddlers in particular, as they enjoy repetition and experimenting. Through this game they are experiencing cause and effect as well as working on their hand eye coordination.

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#14. Dragon Hobby Horse

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Image courtesy of Kids Craft Room

A delightful creation from Kids Craft Room for pretend play. Just think of all the wonderful stories you could introduce and act out using this Dragon as a prop!

#15. Fairy Wings

Cardboard Box Fairy Wings
Image courtesy of Red Ted Art

I must make this idea from Red Ted Art for my little one as I just know she will adore them! Fairy wings using empty cereal boxes?! I just love how you can add your own decorations and lots and lots of glitter!

#16. Cardboard Community

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Image courtesy of Mamas Happy Hive

The perfect mobile activity to enjoy indoors and outdoors. Does your little one enjoy playing with cars and trucks? Why not create buildings, like this from Mamas Happy Hive, where they can associate where each of their vehicles go?

#17. Cardboard Box Airplane

Isn’t this cardboard box airplane adorable? You’ll find all the instructions on Bloglovin. All you need is a cardboard box, sharpie pen, tape and scissors! Up up and away!

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Image courtesy of Bloglovin.com

Over to you now! Have you got ideas for cardboard box crafts that your kids have enjoyed? Share your ideas in the comments below.

17 Cute Cardboard Box Craft Ideas For Kids

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