Wednesday, November 21, 2007

Frugal Children's Entertainment

Mrs. U. over at 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!


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.