10 Fun Shoebox Projects to Do With Your Kids

Are your kids’ eyes glued to some sort of electronic box?

Want to ignite their imaginations and help them create their own fun?

Give them another kind of box—an empty shoebox. It’s (almost) all you’ll need to keep everyone entertained.

In this article I’ll share 10 quick and inexpensive ways to have fun with a shoebox.

With ideas for games and creative play, sensory stimulation and memory challenges, even organization and writing practice, you’re sure to find something your kids will enjoy, right in your recycling bin.

Are your kids' eyes glued to an electronic box? Give them an empty shoebox instead. These 10 shoebox ideas are all you'll need to keep everyone entertained.

Why Try Shoebox Projects?

Shoeboxes are the perfect size. They’re big enough to inspire imagination, but small enough to be a manageable project and easily stored at the end of the day. You can even use a shoebox to store a project. Play games, construct objects—the sky’s the limit.

A shoebox adventure is multi-dimensional, whether you make a mini-theater, a zoo, a fish tank or something your kids haven’t imagined yet. You and your kids can create characters and a backstory, make a shoebox “home” where they can come to life and then enter into your imaginary world again and again for hours of fun, creative play.

So go find a shoebox!

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How to Stage a Shadow Puppet Show Your Kids Will Love

Do your kids like to tell stories?

Are they fascinated by the interaction of light and shadow?

Introduce them to the ancient Chinese art of shadow-puppet theater and put on your own family show. It’s easier than you think!

In this article, I’ll show you how to make simple shadow puppets to fit any story your kids can dream of and create your very own Chinese shadow theater to bring the silhouettes to life.

Your family will enjoy poetic evening shows and make lasting memories together.

Make simple shadow puppets to fit any story your kids can dream of and create your very own Chinese shadow theater to bring the silhouettes to life.

Why Play With Shadows?

Shadows are mysterious, intriguing and fun. My kids love to play nighttime flashlight games. They enjoy casting shadows on the walls with their bed lamps, creating different shapes and creatures. And they’ve always been puzzled by their stretched shadows in the low light of a summer evening. I bet your kids like shadows, too.

Shadows have a fleeting, poetic quality, and playing with shadows will let your kids’ imaginations soar.

A shadow-puppet play provides everything you need to have a great family experience—it’s artistic, scientific, interactive, fun and easy to put together.

And it draws from a rich cultural tradition from ancient China.

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