I couldn’t have said it better myself. How adorable is his daughter? This photo of her from his Project 365 cracks me up. That is some serious fun.
This holiday season I dare you, I double-dog dare you, give your child a big cardboard box as a gift.
Join me in a parenting experiment. Let’s get serious here (ha!) and follow the Scientific Method:
1. Propose a Question: At the end of the day, what will win out? Will your child have spent more time with the toys or the box?
2. Hypothesis: Children will find more pleasure with a simple box.
3. Prediction: I believe children who are eight and younger will gravitate towards the box for a longer period throughout the day.
4. Test: Will you join me in this parenting experiment? Call your local hardware store, Lowes, or Home Depot and try to score yourself a big box. Refrigerator boxes work best. Keep the box hidden and bring it out after all the major gift unwrapping has occurred. Put a simple bow on the top & do nothing special. Wait and see if they notice and play with it.
Does the thought of giving an empty box feel off to you? Put a small token of love inside it, consider the book, Not a Box by Antoinette Portis (for early readers). It is a simply illustrated tale of all the things a box can be to a child.
The power of imagination makes us infinite. ~John Muir
Photo Credit: Keith Williamson
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