We all know that a large cardboard box will entertain a child for hours (maybe even over several days), but beyond that, there are tons of projects than can be created from a simple cardboard box.
Clipboard. Cut a piece of cardboard to 9″x12″, attach a large binder clip to the top and bam, instant clipboard!
Sticker board. On your next car trip, give your bored-to-tears child a lap-sized piece of cardboard and a few sheets of stickers. Depending on the age of your child, you can make this simple or more intricate to meet their development level. For example, if your child is learning numbers, draw a large grid on the piece of cardboard and number each of the squares. Then, challenge her to put the corresponding number of stickers on each square.
Boomerang. Cardboard is much safer than wood when it comes to flying objects. Check out the instructions here.
Box guitar. Though it won’t exactly sound like a jam session with Eric Clapton, this project is a timeless classic.
Weaving loom. For the artsy-craftsy child in your life, this is an excellent project. It helps a child work on his fine motor skills and helps build concentration and patience (wait, maybe I should do this!).
Customizable desk. This is a cool, practical and seemingly simple project from Family Fun.