Cheap Thrills — Cardboard Box Edition

For a fun time, place a preschooler inside a large cardboard box.

On the box, draw eyes, a nose, and mouth. It helps if it looks angry. Pretend to eat things!! Nom nom nom! Pajamas were just the beginning…. this box was hungry!
(Burp!) On to The New Yorker….. Oh no…. he can’t be stopped!
The teddy bear? Seriously?? Have you no mercy????

Clara thought this was hysterical, but she was standing so close I thought she was going to end up being dessert! Thank goodness this terrifying beast didn’t resort to gobbling her up.

Emily, however, was not so lucky.


  1. Dear Valerie,



  2. Packer Family says

    So Fun and how did you do that with your pictures? that is so cool!

  3. LOL!! Love the idea and the adorable blogging about it.

  4. That was hysterical! I had to call my kids to come see it and they loved it. They want a monster box of their own!

  5. This was great! You look like you have so much fun with your kids! What wonderful memories you are giving them!

  6. Hilarious!

    I'd also love to know, how did you do that with your photos?

  7. The Activity Mom says

    Ha ha that is so funny and so cute. That puts a new spin on cardboard box fun! Love it

  8. Lenetta @ Nettacow says

    I'm thinking Mom was having as much fun as the little ones? Love the action photos!

  9. Cool trick with the pix. I bet the girls had a lot of fun with that.

  10. That's pretty funny! I know they got a kick outta looking at the pictures of the monster box eating. How did you do that with the pictures? Very cool.

  11. LOL that is hilarious. OMG your kids are so lucky. I think my son would laugh so hard doing that at age 9 that he'd probably pee his pants. My kitten loves boxes, she'd have a blast too.

    How the heck did you get the photos to do that?

  12. The photos were saved as animated .gifs using The Gimp (open source software). We love the Gimp!

  13. So adorable!!

  14. Mom and Kiddo says


  15. I think we should stop buying our kids Christmas gifts and just invest in BOXES :)! Too cute the face on the box, I bet your kids had a blast!! Love the pictures too!

  16. Iamredeemed says

    That was cool! Thanks for sharing πŸ™‚

  17. That's awesome! I'm going to show my husband this post because I know he'll also think it's hilarious!

  18. Very funny animation! Boxes are more fun that bought toys a lot of the time.

  19. Whimsical Creations says

    LOL! That is just to funny!

  20. Now this is fun! πŸ™‚

  21. Night Owl Mama says

    lol mY son was scared I had to back up to the first picture and show him that your daughter climbed inside

  22. Stephanie Griffith says

    Oh that's fantastic! I love it! I am going to have to show that one to my girls tomorrow when they wake up. They would love that.

  23. I agree with the rest of the comments. That was so awesome. Can't wait to show Drew tomorrow morning.

  24. Val in the Rose Garden says

    LOVE IT! Omgoodness… Emiliy being eaten made me laugh out loud… (not just post it. lol…)


  25. you are so right cardboard boxes can provide hours of entertainment and so much fun

  26. mandy @ bona fide mama says

    oh come on! now you are just showing off!!

  27. @ mandy — Yeah, we love showing off with our fancy cardboard box technology. πŸ˜‰

  28. That is incredible.

  29. Hahaha! Loved the parting shot.

  30. Boxes for moving says

    haha! love this post!

    Very creative of you πŸ™‚ what a way to recycle removal boxes etc