It’s an irony most parents have experienced at least once: they buy their kids the latest and greatest bells-and-whistles toy, only to find them playing for hours with … the cardboard box the toy came in. What’s so great about cardboard? For one thing, it requires no batteries. But more importantly, it leaves plenty of room for kids’ imaginations. So in honor of the humble box, we’ve rounded up 10 amazing cardboard toys your kids are sure to love. View them all after the jump!
Shuttle 1 of 10The Shuttle Imagination will take your child on a new adventure every day. Besides, who doesn't want to be an astronaut when they grow up?
Get it from Imagine Create Play, $49.95
Storage and Play Boxes 2 of 10These storage boxes double as seats and can also be used for educational play, teaching your little one letters, shapes and numbers.
Get it from Little Fashion Gallery, $63.18
Washing Machine & Stove 3 of 10You can let your kids "do the laundry" and "cook" to their heart's content!
Get it from Generate, $38
DIY Cardboard Box Gas Pump 4 of 10The best part about this cute cardboard gas pump? Every fill-up is free!
Click for free tutorial from DeclutterOrganizeRepurpose
DIY Cardboard Guitar 5 of 10How fun is this adorable cardboard guitar? Good thing you can make it yourself!
Click for free tutorial from Make It and Love It
Casa Cabana by Kidsonroof 6 of 10We love this super-fun playhouse, whether the kids transform it into their treehouse, mansion, or hiding shed.
Get it from Polkadots, $49
Creation Cottage Craft Model 7 of 10The sturdy, white exterior of this little cottage gives your child a blank canvas to decorate however he or she wishes!
Get it from Imagine Create Play, $19.95
Habitadule 8 of 10Kids will be inspired to create amazing architectural designs with these large-scale construction pieces, known as Habitadule (meaning "livable spaces" in French).
Get it from Hearth Store, $99
Triangulo Clasico 9 of 10With its triangles that fit together easily, Triangulo is a bit like a sculpture experience that stimulates your kid's imagination. Plus, you can't beat the price!
Get it from Grasshopper Store, $20
Eco Rocker 10 of 10Reggie the rocking horse is completely made of cardboard — an ideal eco-friendly toy for the kids!
Get it from Eco Rocker, $121.68
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