Generic selectors
Exact matches only
Search in title
Search in content
Search in posts
Search in pages

10 Awesome Ways to Repurpose Cardboard Boxes for Imaginative Play

10 Awesome Ways to Repurpose Cardboard Boxes for Imaginative Play

Imaginative play is a vital part of children’s development. But you could spend a small fortune on toys that can create different scenes for your children to role play in. The humble cardboard box can change this and make any set possible. We have found 10 ways to repurpose cardboard boxes for imaginative play. You’ll be itching to buy some appliances to build your collection.

1. Outdoor play house. This cubby is the ultimate play house with a door, slanted roof and windows for serving. The kids will spend hours outside role playing buying a loaf of bread or asking how much it will cost to send a parcel.

1 10_Awesome_Ways_to_Repurpose_Cardboard_Boxes_for_Imaginative_Play_-_Make_It_Fake_It_Bake_It

Alternatively you could make an indoor caravan. Spray paint the box white or grey and fold it to form the rounded shape of a campervan.

2 10_Awesome_Ways_to_Repurpose_Cardboard_Boxes_for_Imaginative_Play_-_Make_It_Fake_It_Bake_It

2. A pirate ship. This may require more than one cardboard box, but the result is epic and gives the kids a set to role play Peter Pan or Pirates.

3 10_Awesome_Ways_to_Repurpose_Cardboard_Boxes_for_Imaginative_Play_-_Make_It_Fake_It_Bake_It

3. What kid doesn’t want to know what it’s like to be in a space rocket? The sky’s the limit with the role play possibilities of this cardboard box project.

4 10_Awesome_Ways_to_Repurpose_Cardboard_Boxes_for_Imaginative_Play_-_Make_It_Fake_It_Bake_It

4. A washing machine doesn’t sound very exciting, but give your child a few random clothes to stuff in the box and your child will spend hours putting the washing in and out of the machine. Set up a peg line and have pegs available so the kids can hang up their ‘wet’ clothes.

5 10_Awesome_Ways_to_Repurpose_Cardboard_Boxes_for_Imaginative_Play_-_Make_It_Fake_It_Bake_It

5. Kitchen stove top. If you have a few large cardboard boxes, group them together to create a kitchen.

6 10_Awesome_Ways_to_Repurpose_Cardboard_Boxes_for_Imaginative_Play_-_Make_It_Fake_It_Bake_It

Use old cds to represent the stove top and old milk bottles and plastic plates as the nobs for the oven.

7 10_Awesome_Ways_to_Repurpose_Cardboard_Boxes_for_Imaginative_Play_-_Make_It_Fake_It_Bake_It

6. A plane can be easily made out of one large cardboard box.

8 10_Awesome_Ways_to_Repurpose_Cardboard_Boxes_for_Imaginative_Play_-_Make_It_Fake_It_Bake_It

7. Make your own letterbox to encourage kids to write letters and post them in the box. They can even write to Santa and request their Christmas present.

9 10_Awesome_Ways_to_Repurpose_Cardboard_Boxes_for_Imaginative_Play_-_Make_It_Fake_It_Bake_It

8. Open out your cardboard box and create a grocery shop.

10 0_Awesome_Ways_to_Repurpose_Cardboard_Boxes_for_Imaginative_Play_-_Make_It_Fake_It_Bake_It

9. Make an elevator and have fun changing the levels using the arrow.

11 10_Awesome_Ways_to_Repurpose_Cardboard_Boxes_for_Imaginative_Play_-_Make_It_Fake_It_Bake_It

10. This coffee shop scene will allow your kids to learn their latte’s from their short blacks. It’s all in the accessories to make this theme set work.

12 10_Awesome_Ways_to_Repurpose_Cardboard_Boxes_for_Imaginative_Play_-_Make_It_Fake_It_Bake_It

What do you do with all your old boxes? Which project could you try next time you have a large box to get rid of?



Rebecca Senyard

Rebecca Senyard

Rebecca Senyard is a plumber by day and stylist by night but these days she changes more nappies than washers. She is a happily married mum to three young daughters who she styles on a regular basis. Rebecca is not only an award winning plumber, she also writes an award winning blog called The Plumbette where she shares her life experiences as a plumber and mother. Rebecca also blogs at Styled by Bec believing a girl can be both practical and stylish. Links to the blogs are and

One comment

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.

For security, use of Google's reCAPTCHA service is required which is subject to the Google Privacy Policy and Terms of Use.

I agree to these terms.