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    Default Emergency Box for a Stormy Day

    When my children were younger, and now for the Grandchildren, I make a
    "Grab Box". I scrounge Dollar Stores and Sale bins for books, kits,
    small toys - anything from a puzzle book to a story book to a VHS tape
    (or CD) to a 'dinosaur model' to 'bubbles' or stickers - anything that
    might interest the child is fair game. I put each item in a paper
    (lunch) bag and staple it shut. (Marking the bags differently for each
    child is necessary - even their initial on the front of the bags from
    which they might choose.) On a boring or stormy day, or whenever I
    deemed it a good idea, out would come the box, and each child was

    allowed to choose one bag from the box and had a 'treat' that changed
    their outlook of the day. They actually sometimes hoped for a 'nasty'
    day. The box was then stored away for the next time it was needed.
    Hope someone else can make use of the idea. Catherine
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    I have a treasure chest that the grandchildren open when they come. In it I put alot of my freebies from the internet and they think it is like Christmas kathie
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    you have given me a great idea for my two great-nieces! I'm going to
    make treasure chests filled with goodies for them for Christmas. I
    can draw on cardboard boxes and paint 'em. I usually make a little
    stocking for them every year filled with stuff from the dollar-type
    stores -- crayons, markers, etc. this year I can put their books and
    little goodies in the box and then they can carry it around!
    mos
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    Mos,
    I have made a treasure chest out of a cardboard box before (pirate
    props for preschool). You tape the box completly closed. Use duct
    tape, not plastic clear tape. Colored duct tape would be nicer, but
    not neccessary. Then draw on the 2 sides a curve and connect them on
    a 3rd side. Cut these lines using a utility knife. Know the flap
    that opens up needs to open better, so lightly using the utility knife
    cut slats into the 1st layer of cardboard. It should look like wood
    planking in a way. This will able the top to curl around the curve
    and lay nicly. Ok, I forgot to mention that I did cut the extra from
    the sides (the parts from the top of the curve). I used these to form
    a bar across the inside of thebox - like a carring handle when the lid
    is open. I then spray painted the whole thing bronze. You can use
    whatever color you like. Then I used color tape to put triming on the
    whole thing.

    Going with the pirate them, I spray painted gravel rocks gold and
    silver. I found mini treasure boxes at the dollar store. I painted a
    skull and cross bones on black fabric. I made a game and added scrap
    fabric to use as waist and head scarfs. Bought cheep necklaces and
    bracelets. I even found girl pitarte headdresses at the dollar store.
    There are tons of websites on kids pirate crafts. Some paper towel
    rolls for swords and telescopes. The party store sells eye patches
    and hats. Some of their party playes can double as maps. Brown paper
    bags cut so they can make their own maps. black rectangles of paper
    and sticks and glue to make flags. The dollar store also sells silver
    trays and plastic fish bowl trinkets for treasure.

    Jas
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    Mos,
    I have made a treasure chest out of a cardboard box before (pirate
    props for preschool). You tape the box completly closed. Use duct
    tape, not plastic clear tape. Colored duct tape would be nicer, but
    not neccessary. Then draw on the 2 sides a curve and connect them on
    a 3rd side. Cut these lines using a utility knife. Know the flap
    that opens up needs to open better, so lightly using the utility knife
    cut slats into the 1st layer of cardboard. It should look like wood
    planking in a way. This will able the top to curl around the curve
    and lay nicly. Ok, I forgot to mention that I did cut the extra from
    the sides (the parts from the top of the curve). I used these to form
    a bar across the inside of thebox - like a carring handle when the lid
    is open. I then spray painted the whole thing bronze. You can use
    whatever color you like. Then I used color tape to put triming on the
    whole thing.

    Going with the pirate them, I spray painted gravel rocks gold and
    silver. I found mini treasure boxes at the dollar store. I painted a
    skull and cross bones on black fabric. I made a game and added scrap
    fabric to use as waist and head scarfs. Bought cheep necklaces and
    bracelets. I even found girl pitarte headdresses at the dollar store.
    There are tons of websites on kids pirate crafts. Some paper towel
    rolls for swords and telescopes. The party store sells eye patches
    and hats. Some of their party playes can double as maps. Brown paper
    bags cut so they can make their own maps. black rectangles of paper
    and sticks and glue to make flags. The dollar store also sells silver
    trays and plastic fish bowl trinkets for treasure.

    Jas
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    And together we're both mad/insane, lol. Not a problem. I love my
    enormus treasure box. I have no place to put it, but I get really up
    set with dh when he mentions that I should toss it. I want a pirate
    birthday party for myelf. I'm not kidding.

    Going with the lunch bag surprise idea I made a craft grab bag. I
    have several die cuts of birthday stuff. Several birthdays are coming
    up. I took out several of every color construction paper I had and
    made b-day die cuts. There are balloons, confettii, party blowers,
    bows, ect. I put them all into a brown paper bag. Now I just need to
    cut card stack in half and fold to make the cards. I'll give ds the
    bag and the cards and a glue stick and let him make a bunch of
    birthday cards. Then when a birthday comes around, they will get a
    one of a kind special card.

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    Default Re: Emergency Box for a Stormy Day

    This is such a great idea. We make homemade playdough and watercolors and have a "Rainy Day" craft box ready for when it's nasty weather outside or too hot for the kids to play outside.
    CC,

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    Default Re: Emergency Box for a Stormy Day

    That's a great idea!

 

 

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