When my children were small at Christmas or Birthdays, they were often happy playing with the boxes and ignored the gift. This is a fun activity and when it is over just put all the boxes into the recycling bin and talk to your child about how these boxes help make other things.
Supplies needed: Empty boxes from every room in your house.
Large trash sack to store them in or large box
Ask the whole family to join in collecting empty boxes of all sizes and shapes. Find a place to store them. Set a deadline for search within a week. At this no one knows what you are going to do with the boxes so they love the suspense and guessing what could you do with all these boxes.
At designated time take the boxes out one at a time and talk about the shape of the box. Is it a square or a rectangle? Maybe you will find an oval, circle or triangle but they are rare. Look at the size of box and tell me what you could put inside it. Which box is largest? Which box is the smallest? Which box looks the strongest?
Sort the boxes by their shapes. Count which pile has the most, the least.
Now start letting you child count all the boxes and help them if needed.Now stack the boxes as high as we can and see which is taller, the box tower or the child, or the parent, or the sibling.
Now lets build a castle or fort with all these boxes. Taping the boxes closed will help strengthen them. If you want them stronger stuff the inside with newspaper.
Let the children decide if they want to add people,trees,animals from their other toys or make out of play dough.
You have spent time together as a family and worked together. You have introduced or reinforces a large vocabulary while doing the project. hopeful you had lots of fun and everyone will benefit from recycling the boxes. Be sure and grab your camera and get a picture first.