Appliance Boxes - Free Summer Entertainment

What do you do with bored kids in the summer?

Give them boxes!  If you can, pick up huge cardboard boxes from Sears or other appliance sellers, and let your kids use them as tunnels, forts, etc.  Decorate them with crayons, markers, paint and cut out windows and doors.  My sister-in-law once picked up several fridge boxes and decorated them to look like a giant train for a birthday party. Take photos and then be sure to recycle your boxes once you are done with them.

This green and frugal activity reuses before recycling!

So the next time you are looking for a safe and eco-friendly toy for your child, check the recycling bin first!

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How do you deal with bored kids in the summer?

This post is part of Works for Me Wednesday!  Follow the link to find more ideas to keep kids busy in the summer.


  1. Here's a few cool videos to share. Boxes are fun.

  2. That is a great idea! When my daughter had a birthday party last summer I got some large boxes free from the local sears and cut and painted them to be a castle. But I really like the idea of just getting some to let the kids have fun with just because.

  3. Boxes are simple fun. My oldest one summer just enjoyed catching frogs, playing with a blanket and draggin a string around sometimes with other toys tied on! Its surprising how much joy can come from the simplest things and we seem to let that slip our mind all too often.

  4. Send them to play in the backyard with several cups, measuring spoons, plastic bowls, and muffin tins. Turn on the sprinkler. They fill, dump, measure, pour, splash and cool off. :o)

    ...Going to have to ask fellow freecyclers about fridge boxes!!


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