Our happy little boy (20 months old) became a bundle of screaming misery a few weeks ago. Everything seemed to make him upset but one thing left him particularly inconsolable. Vehicles. If we saw a tractor, plane, car, train, boat, digger, or motorbike, he wanted to get in or on it, but it wasn't confined to real ones. He would try to get in toy ones and even ones in pictures, and then be very upset that it wasn't possible. Our nerves jangled every time he picked up a book for us to read. Luckily, we discovered that if we said something was Bob the Builder's quad Scrambler, then it was Scrambler, so we decided to press a few cardboard boxes and random bits of furniture into service as surrogate ride-ons. I got a bit carried away with the box nominated as 'tractor', until I remembered that everything would get pulled to pieces. As you can see from the piccy, it had already been repaired before I got a chance to photograph it. At one point, I was sticking paper to one side while Bob pulled it off the previously covered side. As you can imagine, it's not my best work! However, it made him happy for a while until his scale crisis passed. I'd love to see other parents' cardboard box creations, so please get in touch!
The box is covered with wrapping paper. The wheels are the polystyrene 'plates' that supermarket pizzas come on (kept because I thought they'd be handy one day), the exhaust funnel is a toilet roll inner tube, and the engine is made from a stack of cardboard vegetable punnets.