Out of the Box(es) Kind of HomesCooling!

Before you throw a grocery or appliance box, STOP! May I invite you to read through and explore the wonderful world of reusing or recycling all sorts of boxes the HomesCool way? You’ve probably read about “unschooling” or “out of the box” homeschooling. That’s really worth a read if you are new to homeschooling. For this post, however, we will focus on the literal, tangible box!

Come to think of it, in some way, it is “out of the box” to include more projects in your homeschool curriculum and to lessen the use of worksheets.

Our entire household, even my  inlaws, know how we “love” boxes. The bigger, the better! The stranger the shape, the more challenging! So the next time you receive boxes, just collapse them and store them first. You’ll never how much fun and learning can come “out of a box”! So here are some ideas on how maximize your boxes as you HomesCool.

1. LOTS OF  PLAY THINGS

STORE, STORE!

Raya's Store made from lots of washable tempera paint and a big box from a kitchen appliance
Raya’s Store made from lots of washable tempera paint and a big box from a kitchen appliance. My favorite part is everybody helping out for this  sibling’s store:)

A RED CAR FROM A BALIKBAYAN BOX

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Raya and Gino’s Red Car. All four kids helped in making this. Raya was assigned to make the front license plate and Gino, the back license plate. 🙂

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SPACESHIPS

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Pretty in Pink!
Pretty in Pink!

TRUCKS

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The simplest DIY truck! It’s a CLOSE UP truck!
  1. SCIENCE PROJECTS

SUN SCOPE- One of the projects recommended by Apologia’s Exploring Creation with Astronomy

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SOLAR SYSTEM POSTER FROM A FOLDING TABLE BOX

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INTERNATIONAL SPACE STATION

Made from cylinder containers and box flaps
Made from cylinder containers and box flaps

3. ART /HISTORY PROJECTS

FAMOUS SHIPS

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Why not add a “cauldron”??

ROMAN COLOSUEM

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Okay, my boys got a bit carried away here… too many animals fighting!

CHRISTMAS NATIVITY SCENE / “BELEN”

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Painted the shoeboxes with acrylic paint

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A box for Single Malt Whisky turned into pen holders
A box for Single Malt Whisky turned into pen holders

4. LETTER TEMPLATES

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5. DOLL FURNITURE AND ACCESSORIES

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6. BOOK REPORTS

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If you’re a biker, I think you may be able to guess what this box was originally for.

 

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A beautiful story in “The Year of Miss Agnes“. Raya learned so much Alaska and one community’s way of life.
Raya’s Roman Villa from reading. “Roman Diary: Journal of Iliona“.

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7.  SOME BOXES REMAIN AS BOXES AS YOU BLESS OTHERS

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So, I hope this inspired you to see your “boxes” in a different way. Indeed, “Out of the Box” HomesCooling Rocks. Have a great time creating with your students!

 

Exodus 35:30-33 “See, the Lord has called by name Bezalel the son of Uri, son of Hur, of the tribe of Judah; and he has filled him with the Spirit of God, with skill, with intelligence, with knowledge, and with allcraftsmanship, to devise artistic designs, to work in gold and silver and bronze, in cutting stones for setting, and in carving wood, for work in every skilled craft.”