It happens every bloody year. Santa gifted your child with an elaborate pressie, and they just want to play with the box it came in. Don't try to redirect — just go with it.
Here are 10 things children can do with a humble cardboard container. (When they're all done with it, recycle!)
Make an Oven
Use those leftover Christmas plates as burners. See the tutorial at Ikatbag.
Create a LEGO Town
Bonus: It keeps all those tiny pieces contained so you won't step on them. See the tutorial at Pickle Bums.
Make a TV
Screen time that you can feel zero guilt about. Via Pinterest.
Design an Indoor Golf Game
A maths lesson disguised as a golf game? I'm in. See the tutorial at Craftulate.
Turn the Staircase Into a Slide
Now this is childhood done right. See the tutorial at The Contemplative Creative.
Have a Drive-In Movie Night
While kids may or may not ever know the iconic institution that is the drive-in movie theatre, the cardboard box version is pretty delightful. It keeps the stray popcorn pieces contained, too. See more photos at Small Fry Blog.
Create a Crazy Maze
A man named Daniel Weber constructed this maze that spans two rooms and a hallway. See more photos on his Flickr page.
Make a Marble Run Game
Using craft sticks and hot glue, create a Plinko-style marble run. So fun. See the tutorial at Frugal Fun for Boys and Girls.
Practice Their Hammering Skills
Have some golf tees? Let little kids practice their fine motor skills with this hammering activity. See the tutorial at Hands On: As We Grow.
Go Wild With Crayons
If you have a very large box or a very small child, place said child inside said box. Toss in some crayons and enjoy 30 minutes of quiet bliss.