11 ways to keep kids entertained with cardboard boxes

Sstruggling for new ways to keep the kids entertained on a rainy day? Before you pop the next batch of cardboard into the recycling bin, here’s some great toys and games to keep kids entertained – made with cardboard boxes.

Marble maze


You can make this one as easy or challenging as you like. Take a cardboard lid and stick some sturdy strips of cardboard to it to make a maze. Add a marble and away you go.

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Firetruck costume


A handy one to keep up your sleeve for the next dress-up party. Cut the bottom out of a cardboard box. Paint it red and add firetruck detailing and wheels (plastic lids or plates would work well for these). Add a couple of shoulder straps using some old fabric or string and it’s ready to go.

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This golf game is a great way to keep kids entertained! Remove the bottom from a cardboard box and cut a few small arches in the base. Decorate the box, adding a score above each hole. Use a plastic putter to knock a soft ball through the holes and score the points.

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Tray table


This one will have so many uses – at home, in the garden and even in the car. Remove the bottom of the box and cut arches out of two sides. Decorate however you like. You could also attach half a cardboard lid to one side to act as a storage box.

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A great backdrop can inspire all kinds of creative play. If it is made from cardboard, you can change them over easily. Try this jungle theme, or maybe a city scape – flatten some large cardboard boxes and cut out a skyline. Paint it black and add some small yellow rectangles for windows. Prop it against the wall. Easy!

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Christmas chimney


Start saving your boxes for Christmas now! You and the kids will have loads of fun making this simple chimney… a perfect place to hang your stockings!

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Cardboard tree


Use this photo as inspiration to make your own mini trees – great for hanging jewellery. Cut two tree shapes and cut a line through the trunk almost to the top of one. Slide it over the other tree shape.

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Cat house


All cats love boxes. Give your furry friend one of its own. Cut some holes in a variety of boxes and stack them as you please. You can even put their soft cat bed on the top!

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Pizza box garage


Such a simple idea using only a pizza box and four toilet roll tubes! A great play space for toy cars and trucks.

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Dolls house


This gorgeous dolls house is much simpler than it looks. Cut around 10cm off the front of a tall cardboard box and use sturdy cardboard to build the rooms. Use paint or wallpaper samples to decorate each room and introduce the dolls to their new home – they’ll be very impressed!

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Shop front


If you are feeling very ambitious – try building this shop! Hours of rainy day fun.

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