It all started when my husband brought a big cardboard box home from work. First, it was a cozy bed. Then, it was a package with a “special delivery” inside. Later we set out on a fishing boat to catch our lunch.
Cardboard boxes are one of the most versatile and exciting dramatic play props I know of. They compliment endless play scenarios and allow imaginations to soar.
Think back to when you were a kid. Did you ever play in boxes? What games did you play? What adventures did you take? For me, new large appliances meant making a play house out of the box.
I also remember my sister pushing me around in a box like I was on a roller coaster, and my dismay when I got too big and the box ripped. These games didn’t require expensive toys or electronics, just a good sturdy cardboard box.
Sailing on the Sea
The blocks became fish all around us. A blanket was a fishing net. We hauled fish after fish onto our boat. We sang a sea shanty or two to pass the time.
A frisky catfish appeared in the water. There were some daring moves required to scoop up fish from near his sharp claws.
After a long day at sea, we headed home with our catch. The fish were then sorted and sold at the fish market we made from another box. In the end we put them in the “refrigerator” to keep them fresh.
Eventually we had to come back to reality. “Time to clean up for lunch,” I said. The reply I got was “Just a minute, I’m flying my dragon.”
Who needs reality anyway?