Celebrating the Humble Cardboard Box: Win This Book of Projects for an “Out of the Box” School Year

What can you do with a cardboard box? Everything! Turn a box into a hungry monster, a funky flower, a tropical aquarium, or finery fit for a pharaoh. It’s all in this book from DK.

For a chance to win, submit a comment to this blog to by 11:59 pm EDT on August 29, 2017. In the comment, share whether your approach to teaching is out of the box, in the box, or so far from the box that you can’t even see it. (They’re all good!) Then watch your email to see if you’re one of our lucky winners.


In the meantime, I made you a to-go box of freebies and goodies to start your school year right.



Celebrate Curiosity Day With Curious George in September and build kids’ love for reading. Click here to download a free event kit, which includes decorating ideas, coloring sheets, activities, and more.




Who better to fuel out-of-the-box thinking than a librarian? Nominate your favorite school or public librarian for the I Love My Librarian award. Ten winners each receive $5,000 in cash and a trip to an awards ceremony in New York City. The deadline is September 18, 2017. Click here to learn more.


Apply for a project-based learning grant from Toshiba. Grants are for up to $1,000 and must focus on math or science. Get the details at toshiba.com/taf/k5.jsp. The deadline is October 1, 2017. Just image the out-of-the-box projects you could try!

Scouting around for boxes, I see a cardboard penguin family in my future,


PS: Need a new pencil sharpener? Check out last week’s blog post for a chance to win one! Click here.

17 thoughts on “Celebrating the Humble Cardboard Box: Win This Book of Projects for an “Out of the Box” School Year

  1. Everyday in my classroom is a day of thinking out of the box. My special needs students have diverse needs that require multimodal instruction each and every day.

  2. I can always use new ideas for thinking outside of the box. Especially when you have challenging children in the classroom.

  3. I think I’m more outside the box. I am always creating new activities to go with each theme we are studying. I tend to stay away from worksheets and do more hands-on activities.

  4. I love the idea of thinking out of the box and it would help get rid of all the boxes from my online shopping! ????

  5. Outside of the box. You never know what might happen in my classroom. One discussion at circle time can have my plans scratched and off we go in a new and exciting direction.

  6. I like to think I’m teaching out of the box in our inquiry setting! I love integrating Design Thinking projects into my day. I’m moving from 3rd to teaching K-2 Science and I’m so excited for a new challenge! I think this book would be a great resource!

  7. I am always looking of “out of the box” type things. I play musical chairs for spelling or phonics. We do Go Noodle for brain breaks. I even have flexible seating. I am looking for more ways to enhance learning.

  8. I run an after-school club for elementary kids called Bookends. The best part? You don’t have to read the book in order to participate! By the end of the program, you’ll want to, though! We are totally out of the box, using our imaginations and hands to work together to problem-solve. I LOVE this challenging job and the opportunity to encourage a love of reading through play!

  9. Having a child with his own set of thought processing has made me an out of the book thinker. And some times where it leads you can be a whole new adventure!

  10. Out of the box for sure. Loved the fun with boxes. Every year for the past 5 yrs I have held a auto show since we are a suburb of Detroit. The kids and parents create a car from a box. It’s so fun and always so creatitive. We have been in the paper several times for it. Would love to learn more things to do with boxes

  11. I would love this book for my class as we have a tinkering or imagination station set up in our room. This book would be a great addition as we encourage them to try and think outside the box everyday. Parent’s send us boxes all the time and this book would be a great addition to our center.

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