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Appliance Box House


Appliance Box House

[30 Minutes]

Remember having that special private place? Now you can create a special place with your child. This activity encourages imaginary play so important for young children.

You'll need:

• large appliance box • sharp knife (ADULT USE ONLY) • curtains or scrap fabric, towels, tablecloths • carpet scrap • toys • tissue paper • markers or crayons • tape

What to do:

  1. Together take a trip to an appliance store and get a large appliance box.
  2. Cut windows and doors into the cardboard with a knife. Let your child show you where he would like them located.
  3. Help your child hang tissue paper curtains at the windows using masking tape.
  4. Invite him to place a scrap of carpet or linoleum on the floor. This can be obtained for free at a carpet store.
  5. Invite your child to use markers to draw details on the outside walls after going outside and looking at the his own house or houses in the neighborhood. If you live in an apartment, look through books or magazines together for ideas.

How to use:

  1. Give your child an old pillow to make the inside of his house more comfortable.
  2. Encourage your child to put favorite toys and books inside.

Let's Talk: Ideas to Explore Together.

  • Do all people live in the same kind of houses?
  • What would you like to do in your special little house?
  • If you could put your house anywhere, where would it be?

Useful information:

While you are having fun together, this activity helps your child develop observational skills, problem solving skills, and creativity.

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