Wednesday, November 21, 2007

Frugal Children's Entertainment






Mrs. U. over at http://makingahouseahome.blogspot.com/ asked what others do to keep young children busy rather than just sitting them down in front of the t.v.

Today I had to make two pies and a pudding salad for upcoming Thanksgiving dinner celebrations. I came up with this idea for my three year old after contemplating Mrs. U's post.

Three empty boxes became a cupboard, a fridge and a stove. She "cooked" and "waited tables" all day while I was busy in the kitchen. She didn't care that I merely drew knobs and burners on her "stove" with a marker. She was pleased as punch every second.

$$ spent: nothing
Time not spent in front of the t.v.: priceless!

6 comments:

Renae said...

The best toy ever! Cardboard boxes can become anything, but I hadn't thought of this. My girls would be thrilled. If I could just get through the piles of junk in the garage to get to the boxes. :)

Jendi said...

Great idea. I always had tons of fun with boxes when I was growing up.

tonsofsons said...

great idea!!!

Paula said...

I remember having toys like these! We just played and played and played. I found your post via Mr's U. Thanks for the idea!!

Mommy Lynda said...

I LOVE your idea! I saw your link on Mrs. U's blog and came right over! I am constantly looking for things for my kids to do so I can turn the TV off! I think this summer I am going to have the TV permanently moved into the garage for 6 months.

Awesome Mom said...

That is a great idea! I had been thinking of getting my boys one of those toy kitchen sets, but now I think I will be a bit more creative about it.