The other day a very large box came in the mail. Of course, the kids claimed that box in an instant! As they climbed inside giggling and popping their heads over the side, an idea formed in my mind. We were going to use that box to make a Valentine’s Day Sweet Shop!
(Looking for other ideas of things to do with those cardboard boxes? Check out the Cardboard Box Crafts from the Project: Recycle & Create link up!)
To make the sweet shop large enough for both of my sweeties (don’t want any fighting, after all!), I used another large box I had stored in the basement to help form our walls.
Then I covered the boxes with some of the brown packing paper that had filled up the over-sized box. Once that was finished, it was time to decorate!
I drew criss-crossing curvy lines on some paper plates, marking an X in every other space for them to color to create large mint candies to hang.
Then I showed them how to fold paper in half to cut out hearts. We used some old shiny gift bags for some of our hearts. For the preschooler it was easier for me to draw the half heart on the paper for him to then cut out.
A smaller box was turned into a sign for our shop.
They had fun using the hot glue gun (with my constant supervision) to glue their decorations to the shop.
Finally, I got out some old Christmas tree lights that I almost donated, and draped them across the shop’s top.
In no time at all the toy cash register was inside, along with all the cookies and cupcakes they could find in their play kitchen.
We bent red and white pipe cleaners into small candy canes to sell, and then I had one more treat for them!
A jar full of pom-pom gumballs!
Dishing out pom-pom gumballs with the tongs is not only fun, it’s great practice for those fine motor skills!
It was time to open shop!
Large cardboard boxes are so much fun! This sweet shop is perfect for Valentine’s Day inspired pretend play.
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