Best Gift For A Toddler

17 Dec


That’s right.  A cardboard box.  You’ve heard the talk that kids play with the boxes more than the gifts that come in them.  In this case, the wonderful gift WAS the box!  A cabinet box, to be exact.  Jenna’s uncle made this for her for Christmas last year, and it has gotten more use than any other toy in our house.  She loves it.  (Notice the Christmas ornaments hanging from the corners?)  It’s getting a little beat up, and the roof is starting to sag and droop, so we’ve asked Uncle for a repeat gift again this year.  It would even be fun to hook to boxes together with a door between them for a bigger house with two rooms!  I think it would be fun to paint the whole thing.  I’m actually considering putting the base coat down and then letting Jenna help paint some decorations.

Notice that the door is functional (he scored it on the one edge to act like a hinge and the thing just doesn’t wear out), and the windows are fun shapes.  There are three windows.  The zigzag one is on the side toward the camera in the pic, a rectangular one is in the back (against the patio door) and the other side has a triangular window.  Fun!  What a clever uncle!



Posted by on December 17, 2008 in Christmas, Favorite Things, Jenna


6 responses to “Best Gift For A Toddler

  1. Issa

    December 17, 2008 at 12:43 pm

    I want one of those. Boxes always go over well. One year, when Bailey was a toddler, she spent three weeks playing with one of those big Eggo Waffle boxes from Costco. That and three plastic spoons.

    ps. love the picture.

  2. iMommy

    December 17, 2008 at 1:01 pm

    Seriously awesome. Even cooler if you cover with “wallpaper” (gift wrap” because it can be changed out regularly!

  3. Stephanie

    December 17, 2008 at 1:27 pm

    What a clever idea! Sometimes the best gifts are FREE!

    My cousins and I used to make “cardboard box clubhouses” all of the time when we were young. We had a secret code and a “No Boys Allowed” sign and everything. 🙂

  4. Barbara

    December 18, 2008 at 6:48 pm

    Ours did boxes, too. Perfect!

  5. kwbridge

    December 21, 2008 at 9:16 am

    This is funny – I was just talking with some friends about how little kids like the boxes their gifts come in more than the gifts and that we should just give them boxes. The box in the photos is a great one – my cats would love it too 🙂

  6. Mandy

    December 21, 2008 at 5:53 pm

    That’s awesome! My son is the same way. Last night he played with 3 drink straws for about an hour!


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