Not Just a Box: A Guest Post (and Video)

The sun rises in the east, the Road Runner evades Wile E. Coyote, Nickelback is the worst, and children love cardboard boxes.

The last one is a truth that I only learned by being a new dad. Even though I have heard other parents joke about their child or children loving toy boxes more than the actual toy, or that the best present is the box it comes in, I did not believe it until I saw it with my own eyes. My son Louis is now fourteen months old, and like many children that came before him, he loves boxes–Usually the bigger the box the better. But why?

Maybe it is because cardboard boxes provide children with something new and tactile to explore–as they can climb in and on and through them. Maybe it’s because through free play they can exercise their creativity and imagination. As a 2005 inductee, the National Toy Hall of Fame has the following to say about the cardboard box:

“With nothing more than a little imagination, boxes can be

transformed into forts or houses, spaceships or submarines,

castles or caves. Inside a big cardboard box, a child is

transported to a world of his or her own, one where anything is


Instead of just giving Louis a small refrigerator box to play in, which he would have been super excited about, my wife Nicole and I decided we should have some fun with it too. Nicole sketched out a rocket ship design, which came to life after spending six hours (when Louis was asleep of course) cutting, taping, and painting.

We knew it would take a long time time to make this rocket ship, so we decided to take photos are regular intervals to then create a stop- motion video capturing our hard work. When Louis wake the following morning, he had a new toy to blast off with…

Written by Seth Kroll


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