Today’s hint is just a reminder not to throw out all the packaging that comes with many toys. You’ll definitely want to throw out all the little ties and twist locks that hold the toy and packaging together and can be choking hazards, but often the cardboard packaging parts can be toys in themselves.
Indeed, they often seem designed to be just that. Consider the Barbie house of sorts that came with my daughter’s Barbie furniture. My daughter called it her “Barbie Dreamhouse” and played with it for months before she got a real Barbie Dreamhouse for her fifth birthday. See the image below.
Similarly, my 2-year-old son often plays with the packaging one of his dinosaur toys came in. See the image below.
And even cardboard toy packaging not designed to be a toy can come in handy during playtime. When my daughter was a toddler, she generally liked the boxes toys came in better than the toys themselves. It’s no wonder, then, that our playroom is full of boxes, which make great frugal toy storage solutions too.
What toy packaging have you saved and why? How have you reused toy packaging?