Monday, 19 November 2018

Review: 'Cardboard Box Creations' from Lonely Planet Kids

I've mentioned a few times before that I suck at kids activities. Coming up with ideas for crafts, projects, outings etc just isn't my strong point. (Actually I've yet to find my parenting strong point but that's another story ...)

One particular thing I really suck at is junk modelling. Partly because I'm eager to get rid of stuff, so boxes, foil trays, bottles and such go in the recycling bin as soon as possible in my futile efforts to make the house tidier. Then I'm not very imaginative about reusing junk, I hate the faff of cutting things out and painting, and when it's done what do you do with your creation? As I just mentioned, I'm fighting a losing battle trying to keep the house tidy without contending with giant cardboard robots, bottle rockets and the like!

So I have to admit, when Girl Child spotted a giveaway for 'Cardboard Box Creations' on Toppsta and insisted I enter it, my heart sank a little. When we won, my heart sank some more. But when it arrived, I was pleasantly surprised.

One thing I wasn't expecting was that the box comes with cardboard sheets with some of the items needed for the projects already printed on and ready to press out. Brilliant, that's a lot of the faff done away with right there! And not all of the projects required loads of extras - in fact, one project, the camera, mostly consists of press-out pieces already provided so your little one can get modelling straight away.

The other thing I really like about this book is that all of the projects are themed around travel - so you can create a London bus, a Japanese tea house, a didgeridoo and even a space rocket! I love that the book brings in a geographical aspect so children can learn about other countries and cultures while they create their models.

The only criticism I have of the book is that some of the projects are very ambitious and require a lot of boxes - one needs four very large boxes. Unless you've just moved house or had a mass upgrade of white goods, it seems unlikely that any average family would have this much cardboard at their disposal. And you'd need plenty of space to store some of the creations afterwards too. But there are several projects requiring smaller boxes so it balances out nicely. I imagine this would be a good resource for a classroom or early years setting, where they might be able to appeal for big boxes to be brought in and may have more space to set the finished models up as play spaces.

Overall, I'm very glad Girl Child persuaded me to enter this giveaway and that we won. She's already made a couple of the smaller projects and is keen to make more so it will be a great way to keep her entertained and help her learn about other parts of the world too.

Linking up with #ReadWithMe hosted by Mama Mummy Mum.

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  1. This looks brilliant! I love what kids can do with a box! #readwithme

  2. I would love to put this book in one of my boys' Xmas stockings as I used to love making stuff from junk as a child myself and was really looking forward to doing this sort of thing with my boys, but sadly they outgrew the interest far too soon #readwithme

  3. What a brilliant way to get kids reading as well as getting creative!! A great book to use in schools! Thanks for sharing with #readwithme

  4. I miss the junk modelling days! I used to keep everything just in case it could be used to model with. You're right about the storage though, Teddy Robinson's House took up an awful lot of space in our living room!!


  5. That sounds really good! I can imagine my niece would enjoy it. (I've always been rubbish at crafts too. Surely that's what they went to nursery and playgroup for, so we didn't have to do this stuff at home?!)

  6. Oh this looks brilliant. My kids love a good "box" project, I am actually getting less and less tolerant of their creations - I too am still searching for my parenting strong points ;) #readwithme

  7. My 6yo absolutely loves junk modelling and I'm like you when it comes to wanting to get rid of stuff! He would love this book I'm sure and I like how most of the activities are ready prepared.
    I always think you come up with some gorgeous and well thought out activities for your children as well as reading fab books with thenm so I think that is one of your parenting strong points #Readwithme