Important Info and Frugal Fun with Cardboard

First, some important announcements:

  1. I won’t keep you waiting any longer! Click here to register and for more information on our Sewing in Baby Steps online workshop — it’s FREE. I’m so excited about this, and it’s going to be so much fun!
  2. I’m scheduled to appear on tomorrow’s 10! Show on NBC for a segment about Nature Crafts for Kids. If you are in the Philadelphia area, and would like free tickets to tomorrow’s show, click here. I would love to meet you!
Emily and Clara spent the better part of this afternoon taking a train to China. I tried to explain to Emily that a train to China isn’t exactly practical given that we live in the states, but that didn’t seem to deter her in any way. We had several empty diaper boxes, an oatmeal canister, and other cereal boxes from our invention kit that we transformed into the Teddy Bear Express. It took up almost the entire living room!

Clara loved joining in the fun!
Some of the passengers grew so weary, they fell asleep! Others were happy to wave at passers by.
“This is my stop! Hello, China!!”
The girls took many trips back and forth, and Emily even practiced saying a few phrases in Mandarin to her imaginary Chinese friends! Such worldly travelers!!


  1. Isn't it funny how kids love to play with boxes? Why do I buy toys?

  2. shraddha@theselfloveproject says

    congratulations on the tv time!!!

    and your girls are just cute!!!
    my girls ave been talking about it..after watching ni hao kai lan's trip to china last friday!!!

  3. Green Mamma says

    Boxes really are the best, aren't they? What a great idea. Oh, and congrats on the upcoming appearance on NBC, πŸ™‚

  4. I am going to have to make this train for my daughter very soon because she is really into trains and pretend right now and so this is perfect. I'm imagining the free time for myself while she plays with it. πŸ™‚

  5. Night Owl Mama says

    TElevision WOW that is fabulous COngratulations too cute on the pictures my kids do this all the time LOL

  6. Your online workshop to learn sewing is a beautiful idea! Can I write about it on my blog? (new address, sorry, it's in italian)

    I think I can not see you on tv here in Italy, I don't know that channel… what a pity!

    The train to China is beautiful! It seems children play more with neutral stuff they can transform, like boxes, paper, and other frugal materials. They can run their imagination.

    (I hope you can understand my english, I'm doing my best)

  7. So imaginative! Hope she had fun in China! Maybe snack time could be dumplings!

    Congrats on your segment. Wish I lived a little bit closer so I could cheer you on!

  8. Just watched your clip. Awesome. Loved it. You always have the best ideas. Can't wait to make the kites.

  9. Val in the Rose Garden says

    The cardboard train is so great! I love the oatmeal container doubling as a train chimney! lol!

    Can't wait to see your show. πŸ™‚ I am going to see if I know all the crafts that you are doing. πŸ˜‰


  10. Very cute train, I look forward to seeing your 10! show clip!

  11. @ cipi — Oh yes, you are more than welcome to mention the workshop on your blog! I wish I knew more Italian so I could read your lovely blog… Of course, the workshop is in English as well, so you may want to mention that in your post. Your English is fabulous! I'm very impressed! πŸ™‚

  12. Thank you Valerie.
    I was just wondering if translating or not my blog ;P
    Here is the post

  13. Thanks, cipi, it looks great!!