Special delivery: awesome DIY cardboard toys for kids
When I was a kid, my father ran a factory and on the rare special evening he would come home with big cardboard boxes for my sister and I to play with. I have memories of late nights setting up giant playhouses in the basement where we spent hours cutting, decorating, coloring and making it all our own. I had kind of forgotten about that feeling until I was introduced to Metamorphic Toys.
a green toy company that provides kids
creative freedom by enabling their imaginations through design.
We've featured cardboard DIY toys before, like this cardboard playtown
, an awesome cardboard robot
, and even big cardboard playhouses
shaped like pirate ships or treehouses. These art kits are along the same lines--all-in-one cardboard craft kits that inspire imagination.
The strongest of the bunch is definitely the DIY cardboard mailbox
. The clean cardboard base makes it easy to go as
simple or crazy as you like--use crayons, markers, paint, glue,
glitter, pom-pom balls, you name it. Metamorphic even offers their own stickers that can be
colored and added to the kit. Plus I love that every piece is made from recylable and biodegradable materials, and made in the USA.
Need a little inspiration for your design? Just take a gander through the gallery
their website to see what some kids have come up with--it's amazing to
see how such vastly different ideas can come out of the same basic
This is a perfect gift for grade school-aged kids who will really focus
on it as a grander project and put the time and thought into making it
as cool as it can be. And I wouldn't be surprised if once the piece
is completed, it becomes a permanent addition to your child's room or
I personally love the idea of keeping the mailbox around to
leave love notes and reminders for each other throughout the week. Sniff. - Stephanie M
Find More: Getting crafty, Toys and Other Playthings, Tweens + Big Kids