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!



How to Make a Soda Bottle Rocket Launcher With Your Kids

Are your kids fascinated by things that fly?

Want an outdoor adventure that’s part mechanics, part crafts and all fun?

Build a rocket launcher with your kids and every time you finish a 2-liter bottle of soda pop, you can send it soaring.

In this article I’ll show you how to launch a bottle rocket adventure with your family. Start with a root beer float, add some arts and crafts, bring on a few building tools and create some high-flying fun.

Build a rocket launcher with your kids and send your soda bottles soaring. This project is part drink, part craft, part building activity, all high-flying fun.

Why Build a Pop Bottle Rocket Launcher?

Pop bottle rockets provide hours of fun for kids of all ages and all personalities. Got a future engineer? She’ll love to build the rocket launcher. An artsy-craftsy kid? Watch him create the coolest rocket ever to grace a soda bottle. Are you a little competitive? Launch your rocket again and again to see just how high you can make it go.

A rocket launch is great fun for everyone. And it starts with a delicious root beer float. (Or, your budding environmentalists can search through the recycling bin for a bottle to repurpose into a rocket.)

The best part is that once you build the rocket launcher, you can use it over and over again. Just add a new pop bottle rocket for another day of fun with your kids.


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