Nope, I'm gonna play with the box.

Too cute!

Looks like some kids got an early start putting their own adorable spin on Boxing Day. Barbie Dream House? New bike? Yeah, yeah. Lemme at the box, mom!

...and some kids would rather just play with the box. Lol

Of all the toys , he rather play in a box ! #weird #babies #christmas #cousins

Ill just play with the box instead of the toy.

Kids always end up playing with the boxes lol

Of course at #christmas  u play You play with the box ?

My sister gave him a bike but he wants to play with the box instead..

All her new toys she wants to play in the box lol

Caison gets a ton of toys today and what does he wanna play with? ....a box.

Truly precious.

  • Conrad2010

    Next year find a box behind Walmart. Wrap it up real purrty. Give it to the kid, save a whole bunch of money.

    • NRPax

      Heck, if you want to be fancy go to Public Storage or U-Haul for the good boxes.

    • TracyJean

      I know someone who did that for his goddaughter. His explanation to the parents was that when his own child was a baby, she was more interested in the boxes than the presents that came in them.

  • Jeffrey Harbin

    These kids today don’t know how lucky they are. When we wuz kids we wuz too poor to have presents or even boxes. We just took turns sittin on the Montgomery Wards catalogue.

  • BlueGood

    Such precious pics of our most precious….Sorry, but can’t help thinkin’ of those Little Angels lost in Connecticut…a :o) and a :o(

    The innocent always know what to choose to play with because they can use their own imaginations and brains to create and learn and develop….”They BUILD IT”..their fun…

    Our job as adults is to continue to encourage that continued “independence and creative thought”….

    Wonderful photos folks!

  • TugboatPhil

    One of the best “toys” we had was a refrigerator box. I can’t remember who had gotten it, but it ended up in the backyard. It was when NASA had a real mission and Star Trek was on TV. We took Magic Markers and drew gauges and controls all over the inside. I think 3 or 4 of us could get inside at the same time. It was summer, so the box held up really good for a couple of weeks.

    When the box was totaled, we cut the sides off and took them to a hill that had honeysuckle down the side. It was like sledding in summer. It was great for a few days and then an adult stopped and told us we were killing the vegetation which was holding the hillside together. It was right next to the road that went up to the high school.

    Now this was also a time when Adults still held an authority over youngsters, regardless of whether we knew them or not. We grumbled quite a bit about losing our prime hillside, but found another that wasn’t as high or steep. Well it turns out that he was right.

    It’s been almost 50 years since we did that and when I go home to visit my mom I can still see the erosion grooves that we made. The honeysuckle vines must not have been too vital for the erosion prevention, as they cut it all out and now have grass there.

    • disqus_ys7YLGvSbv

      A refrigerator box. Hell ya! those were THE BEST.

  • LissaKay

    When my now-25 year old son was 3, he got a Christmas gift that was inside of a plain brown box. After he tore the wrapping paper off, he exclaimed so excitedly he was shaking with joy, “A BOX!!!” The rest of us just cracked up.

    It has become a family tradition ever since … at least one gift must be in a brown box and when he opens it, “A BOX!!” This year was double plus good fun … inside his brown box was an actual box, his first real toolbox filled with his grandfather’s old tools.

    Good times, good times.

  • Emily B

    This just proves that kids don’t need expensive gifts and toys. Puts a different perspective on all the ingrates tweeting about how they hate their tvs and ipads. Their parents should have given them more boxes when they were little.

  • Severe Conservative

    You can’t make a duplicator, a transmogrifier or a time machine without a cardboard box!

    • NRPax

      Scientific progress goes “Boink!”?

  • RblDiver

    Contrast this with the spoiled brats thread.

    I can just picture it now: “I didn’t want an iPad, I wanted a giant cardboard box!”

  • walterc

    next year get them a box.

  • walterc

    And if you draw a big “X” on each side, the older kids can play too.

  • NRPax

    This is the perfect counterpoint to the ingrates in the other thread.

  • GTFOBigGovt

    Learn a lesson parents. Your children would prefer your time than all the toys you can buy. And they’ll turn out better for that gift. Of course this means you may have to *gasp* sacrifice your dual SUVs, houses with 3 bathrooms and ~dual income careers,

    • Moue La Moue (D)

      But, but, but … my status symbol! (I couldn’t resist. Sorry, all).

    • journogal

      Let’s not paint us all with a broad brush, okay? While I don’t have dual SUVs (only one that’s fully paid for as well as the other car), us dual-incomers aren’t all evil and do tremendously care for our children, and make sure we are there every moment for them.

  • Moue La Moue (D)

    My father is a Veteran of the US Navy. We moved a lot when I was a kid. As a result, on pack-in day, when we got our stuff, we’d keep the boxes. Dad would get a couple rolls of Duck Tape and some Black Markers and we would — Go. To. Town. BOX FORTS!!! Complete with parapet towers and a drawbridge. Good times, my friends. Good times.

  • Stephanie Warren

    tehe~ this is so true.

  • stuckinIL4now

    It’s a time-honored tradition. I recall my nieces and nephews doing this decades ago and now their children do it–imagination and creativity without a video screen or joystick in sight.

  • journogal

    Both of my girls (age 11 and 6) still love playing with boxes. In fact, we are taking some packing boxes of different sizes and will be constructing a maze for the bunny to hop through. A shoe box for my youngest is not only for Valentine Day parties, but can be turned into a train for her Barbies or a condo-type structure for her Polly Pockets (we don’t pay attention to building codes.)

  • Laurel

    Some things never change and kids playing with boxes is one of them.

  • Terry

    My #1 tip to all first-time new mommies… Don’t bother spending money on pricey toys until the kid is at least 5 yrs old. Up til then, buy the cheapest thing you can find that comes in a big box.