This is the time of year when families do get that boxed-in feeling – frigid temperatures, wind chills, slippery walking conditions, a knee replacement – can expose all of us to old-fashioned cabin fever.
And cabin fever can be challenging. The glitter of the holidays is past, the allure of new playthings fading, as one long day at home turns into the next. Patience for all can wear thin
Well, think simple if you have that boxed-in feeling – go with it. Look around your house – in the basement, or pick up a few from the supermarket. I’m talking cardboard boxes.
I love that the simple cardboard box has a prominent spot at the National Toy Hall of Fame.
As well it should!
A cardboard box catches every child’s imagination. You must know that if one is left anywhere in sight with children around, it will not be ignored. A cardboard box can be transformed into as many ideas as your child has.
And simple works best. Yes you could spend hours creating a masterpiece, but a few circles on the top of a box for the stove burners – a door cut open for the oven, and you can almost smell the cupcakes baking.
In fact I just received a few pictures of my little guys,Theo and Zeke. Yep, they were both engaged in playing with their cardboard box kitchen – a stove, a microwave and a pantry. Add a few items from the kitchen, a few empty boxes and cartons from the recycling, and say no more.
Play is happening.
And the great thing about a box is – what might it be tomorrow?
So look around your home and begin to recover from that nasty cabin fever.
Don’t worry about creating clutter. It’s play, it’s imagination .
It’s child development in process.