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Free Fun With A Cardboard Box

Our hot water heater sprung a leak and flooded our family room on Friday night. We had to buy a new one, and Joe and my dad installed it on Saturday morning.

Our overpriced hot water heater came with a really cool – and totally free – toy for Grace: a huge cardboard box.

A box so big that I can crawl inside it and hide. With holes at one end big enough to stick a tickling finger or a toy car into. A box so big the closed end is dark and spooky.

A box so big it makes my tall girlie look little.

free fun cardboard box

Grace’s cardboard box has been a cave, a tunnel, a basketball hoop, a tower, and castle, and that’s just today.

Not since February 2008 has a box captured and held Grace’s attention for so long. And then, do you remember what that box was?

A Malibu rum box.

frugal fun cardboard box

At least this one didn’t carry advertisements for booze.

I’m already tired of the huge box in the middle of my living room, but we’re going to let Grace have as much fun as she wants with it. I have a feeling it’s going to be here a while.

Cardboard boxes – the best free toy there is.

Happily submitted to Frugal Friday

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12 thoughts on “Free Fun With A Cardboard Box”

  1. I love seeing comparison pictures of Gracie Anna and seeing how much she has grown and changed! We replaced our water heater several months ago, and the huge box was a hit with Ryder, too. You buy them many, many toys, yet the things that they enjoy the most are free! =)

  2. I love seeing comparison pictures of Gracie Anna and seeing how much she has grown and changed! We replaced our water heater several months ago, and the huge box was a hit with Ryder, too. You buy them many, many toys, yet the things that they enjoy the most are free! =)

  3. Memories of my (now grown) nieces first birthday party–she was the first baby in the family, so we all bought gifts and ohhhed and ahhhed over them–while she played in and with the boxes! Let her play, mom, “cardboard” matches any decor!
    .-= Charlene @ A Virtuous Woman´s last blog ..Cooking From the Pantry =-.

  4. Memories of my (now grown) nieces first birthday party–she was the first baby in the family, so we all bought gifts and ohhhed and ahhhed over them–while she played in and with the boxes! Let her play, mom, “cardboard” matches any decor!
    .-= Charlene @ A Virtuous Woman´s last blog ..Cooking From the Pantry =-.

  5. Did Grace get a new haircut? She looks so cute in that new pic!

    We LOVED when my parents bought appliances as kids. Those giant boxes were the best! We would decorate them with markers, chalk, construction paper cutouts and glue, fabric scraps, just anything we could find. So much fun!

    • Why, yes, she did. 🙂 It was a month or so ago, and it was her first real haircut. I've been meaning to post the pictures for a while now, but I haven't. She's still saying "Do you like my haircut?" to everyone.

      I never thought to decorate the box. That's a great idea. Thanks!

  6. Did Grace get a new haircut? She looks so cute in that new pic!

    We LOVED when my parents bought appliances as kids. Those giant boxes were the best! We would decorate them with markers, chalk, construction paper cutouts and glue, fabric scraps, just anything we could find. So much fun!

    • Why, yes, she did. 🙂 It was a month or so ago, and it was her first real haircut. I've been meaning to post the pictures for a while now, but I haven't. She's still saying "Do you like my haircut?" to everyone.

      I never thought to decorate the box. That's a great idea. Thanks!

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