DIY Make a Castle from Recyclable Materials

Chances are, you have a lot of packing tubes, paper towel and wrapping paper rolls, potato chip or nut containers in your recycling bin. We sure did. At least, until we decided to build a cardboard castle out of them, on account of those tubes looking so much like...
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DIY Peg Doll Kings, Queens and Knights

When our latest project, a cardboard castle, was nearing completion, we realized that we didn’t have anyone to settle it. That would never do, so out came the wooden peg dolls, paints and felt. In no time, we had wooden peg doll knights, kings and queens in the...
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Coral Reef Ocean Life Shadow Puppet Set (+Giveaway!)

I started making the ocean life shadow puppet set a while back. Then I found out that Finding Dory is coming to the theatres this summer and got excited. It seemed like a good time to finish my craft before delving into new aquatic adventures. Look for the giveaway in...
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DIY Wooden Gradient Blocks

Inspired by the Montessori colour tablets, we decided to make our own gradient blocks. At first, I thought that they’d be a sturdier version of paint samples for creating a handmade gradient puzzle, but they actually turned out to be a very open-ended toy! This...
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Welcome to Adventure in a Box!

From rustic fairy tree houses to shiny foil spaceships, we build toys to inspire imagination and nurture all the senses. Check out some of our latest projects…

Flower Petal Candle Holders

Before autumn overtakes our garden, we decided to preserve some of our summer memories in the form of dried flower petals. From them we made flower petal candle holders. The last summer hooray! Over the last few years, we have tried growing quite a variety...

Woodscrew Art: Introducing Kids to Screwdriving Tools

At three months old, Anselm preferred his wooden hammer over his other toys. By twelve months, he had acquired five different hammers, and he has loved tools ever since. Whenever Jeffrey was fixing something around the house, Budster could be seen squatting next to...

Watercolour Pencils Rain Art

On a rainy day, grab your watercolour pencils and head outside to make rain art together with kids! We have had a lot of rain this month. Not quite what we expected moving back to the prairies, but we certainly aren’t complaining. Every time the rain is over,...

Make Watermelon Ships

In the midst of the summer, there are few things that are better than a sweet succulent watermelon. And not only as a snack! Some make watermelons into a keg, and some carve it into a piece of art. We decided to make our watermelon into a ship. Well, after eating the...

DIY Make a Castle from Recyclable Materials

Chances are, you have a lot of packing tubes, paper towel and wrapping paper rolls, potato chip or nut containers in your recycling bin. We sure did. At least, until we decided to build a cardboard castle out of them, on account of those tubes looking so much like...

DIY Peg Doll Kings, Queens and Knights

When our latest project, a cardboard castle, was nearing completion, we realized that we didn’t have anyone to settle it. That would never do, so out came the wooden peg dolls, paints and felt. In no time, we had wooden peg doll knights, kings and queens in the...

In the Fall

Ready for the vibrant colours of fall? Delve into the world of plump pumpkins, glossy chestnuts, and crunchy leaves! Check out these DIY projects for the fall…

Nature Portaits

Inspiration for making art can sometimes strike unexpectedly and in unusual places. Who would have thought that a stump can turn into a canvas for creating beautiful nature portraits of our family? The idea came to my two-year-old, and I had nothing to do but follow...

Apple Drying Experiment for Kids

Budster and I have both been congratulating ourselves on our recent acquisitions. I have a new car, and he has a new skill – cranking! Unfortunately, Daddy’s “new” car has crank-operated windows, and Budster’s enthusiasm for slyly...

Make-a-Monster Blocks

Wooden building blocks are a classic toy for open-ended play. So I try not to be too hard on myself for picking up yet another set for my kid whenever I see a good deal at a second-hand toy store or dollar store. When I have a pretty good assortment, I can turn them...

Make a Dollhouse in a Box: Simple, Portable and Fun

I have a particular regard for dollhouses. In my childhood, the two shelves in my room that served as a dollhouse held as much drama as the four volumes of War and Peace. When I got older, I was fascinated with the art of building miniature houses and expressing the...

Enchanting Halloween Lanterns

In the long, dark autumn evenings, we often find ourselves playing with light: puppet theatre performances, glow-in-the dark toys, lamps and lanterns occupy our rooms. We worked on these easy-to-make lamps over the last couple of days to decorate the house for...

31 Art Projects for Children to Make in the Fall

We like to celebrate the change of seasons. Autumn is so bright, colourful and inspiring when it comes to making art. I collected a few art projects and crafts that we would like to try this fall. There are thirty one of them, which means that if we do one every day,...