Cardboard Box Vehicle Creations

The pandemic has brought us both a lot of packages and a lot of creative spare time! Over the past few years we have made quite a few cardboard box vehicles around here and it has been so fun. Here is a round up of some of the ones we have made. What should we make next?!

For our son's astronaut birthday, I made my first cardboard box creation - a space rocket!

For his next birthday, I made an airplane for his airplane themed party.

Then it became that every time we got a large box in the mail, we needed to make something. So our next creation was race cars. The ribbon to go over the shoulders was a huge hit and made for the most interactive vehicle yet.

We started getting really creative with paper and next up was a pair of his and hers police cars.

 

I mean...so stinking cute!

Since then I have gotten a little burnt out on my cardboard box crafting and haven't offered to make any more! But because we made so many and my son is getting a little more creative with things, he can now make his own cardboard box cars on his own. With the investment of time and creativity up front, it has proven to encourage him to make his own. It makes us both so proud to see what he creates and is such a great learning activity. 

We do not have a ton of extra space in our house to store each of these (we don't have a garage). So we usually only keep one (or two) at a time on our back covered porch. We keep it for a couple of days to a couple of weeks depending on the interest of play. Once I feel like we have played with it enough, it goes into the recycle bin. 

I have found that my son is more interested in making it then playing with it so they end up being short lived in our house. But if these were things we had to save "forever" we would not make them! Toys and creations we make can have an end date in our house. So teaching my kids that we can make something else later really helps us to let go of it when the time comes. :)



Lunar New Year Kid's Activities

Lunar New Year (or Chinese New Year as we call it at our house!) is coming up on February 1st. I wanted to share some of the ideas we did last year that made celebrating together extra fun.


My mom is Chinese and grew up in Taiwan. She came to America when she was twelve with her mom and brother. They were able to get away right before the Iron Curtain, leaving their father and other siblings behind in China. They did not reunite again until many years later.

My grandmother passed away when I was a baby so I unfortunately never got a chance to know her. But by the time I was born my grandfather and step grandmother were now living in the states with us. I have many fond memories of our Chinese heritage from visiting them. While my children won't have quite the same experience as I did, I hope to share with them what I can about our family legacy.

My mom and uncle were able to come to America at such a young age that gave them so many more opportunities that the American life brought back then. It is what makes our family who we are and I am so grateful for that.

First we painted and put together these toilet paper roll koi fish (following this tutorial). They turned out really beautiful and were so fun to make!

We hung them on display from our fireplace to easily reach and look at.

We read some of our favorite books about Chinese culture - I just love Grace Lin's books!

We also put together these fun paper dragons (finished photos near the end of this post). The dragon printables I got from The Magic Playbook.

And we enjoyed some grocery store premade Chinese food! I believe we were just coming out of a week of snow so instead of our usual Chinese take out, I had purchased a few things in case we were snowed in. We have chopsticks for us and the kids that are always fun to use.

Then the kids got to open up their red envelopes they receive from my mom.

She is definitely generous! I always remember getting a one dollar bill from my grandmother when I was a kid!!!

Then we had some leftover sparklers from the summer that we lit.

The dragons are really fun to make and play with! I plan to have the kids make these again this year.


 Happy Chinese New Year!



Happy New Year | New Year's Eve Occasions Bin

  

New Year’s Eve #occasionsbin for our five and under crowd! Our plans included early dinner out, NYE crown making, sparkling apple cider, and one day (and one day only!) of blowing noise makers! 

Happy New Year friends!