Simple Physics: Constructing a Play House from Cereal and Toy Boxes

This activity was inspired by the article from PsyBlog – Free Play: Simple Items More Fun For Children.

Movable/recycled materials are suggested to stimulate creativity and diversity to children’s play and provide active play experiences by facilitating pushing, pulling and lifting and the construction of structures (e.g. cubby houses, rockets, ships) whilst engaging in social interaction and problem-solving. – Hyndman et al., 2014

Lucky this mother is a hoarder… I dug out our hoard of empty cereal boxes and old toy boxes and tapped them back up.

Cardboard Playhouse Project

Then I showed G1 this picture from Ms Nancy’s Nook for inspiration…

And off to work he went…

Cardboard Playhouse Project

What was supposed to be a lesson in creativity and imagination took an interesting turn when the wall he was trying to build fell down. He ended up learning about physics and the effects of gravity on a vertical structure.

Cardboard Playhouse Project

This was the end result:

Cardboard Playhouse Project

He cheated a little and added his old foldable tent-house inside so he wouldn’t have to build a door.

Cardboard Playhouse Project

It was a good solo effort since G2 abandoned him and I resisted the urge to jump in and take over.

Update: Okay, so I couldn’t resist and I had to make a contribution…

Our cubby house made out of recycled cardboard boxes... Ran out of boxes so I had to use my painting...

We ran out of boxes so I had to use a painting to make up part of the wall…

House 1

Published by Shen-Li

SHEN-LI LEE is the author of “Brainchild: Secrets to Unlocking Your Child’s Potential”. She is also the founder of Figur8.net (a website on parenting, education, child development) and RightBrainChild.com (a website on Right Brain Education, cognitive development, and maximising potentials). In her spare time, she blogs on Forty, Fit & Fed, and Back to Basics.

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