We've had a lot of fun doing those projects, and it has helped my kids learn an important life skill: resourcefulness. Learning to make the most of the materials they have on hand will help them in countless ways as they grow up and and start to do more on their own.
And nothing is more satisfying than when I see them using those skills without my prompting!
One day when my kids were "bored," my second daughter said to my son (the youngest), "Let's make something out of cardboard!"
He was all for it, so they grabbed a couple of cardboard boxes, scissors, and glue and went outside on the deck and set to work.
What resulted was this cardboard castle:
Then they painted it to look like it was made of stone! I hadn't helped them build the castle, but I did help them paint, partly because I didn't want to be left out of the fun.
Eventually I helped them make a few pieces of furniture for the inside (pictures to come in a future post). Sometimes they use it when they are playing with their Lego men. And, of course, I promised never to get rid of it!
What else can you do with a cardboard box?