My kids, like most kids, usually like the box a new toy came in even more than the actual toy. So I go with it and let their imaginations run wild. They’ve come up with the craziest ideas to transform cardboard boxes into something new and fun, from building their own supermarket checkout, to cutting them up to make some pretty sweet masks.

Whenever a rainy day or a winter cold sidetracks our plans to get out and about, a clever cardboard box craft can keep my kids entertained, engaged and inside all day long. So before you recycle that huge nappy box, refrigerator box or box from Bunnings, think of all the things that box could be.

Whether your eBay addiction has left you with more cardboard boxes than your recycle bin can handle, or your kids are simply like mine and just love boxes, I’ve rounded up thirty-one creative cardboard box crafts that’ll entertain your kids to no end. Check them out in the slideshow.

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