To a child there is no better toy than a large cardboard box! 
A simple box is a valuable toy that can provide hours, days and even weeks of entertainment
when children are allowed to let their imaginations soar.
 
Below is one idea you may want to try for a family night.   

Drive-In Movie

Provide one large cardboard box for each family member. 
Stores that sell large appliances are usually helpful if you call and ask. 
You will need to plan ahead, as many stores crush their boxes after opening.
 
Supply family members with a variety of materials to design their car. 
Ideas:  paper plates, cups, construction paper, crayons, markers, pictures from magazines, tissue paper, wrapping paper, foil, styrofoam meat trays, cardboard tubes, tape, scissors, etc.  Let your imagination be your guide.  Then let the car designing begin!  It might be helpful to start your car design process the week, or several days, before the family movie night.  
This will allow imaginations time to explore, think and plan.
 
Don’t forget to make a “license plate” for the back of each car identifying the driver.  You can print out car owner’s names on a 8 1/2 x 11 piece of paper from your computer or
 design and hand print your own creation. 
Also, don’t forget a steering wheel!  A paper plate works well for this feature.
 
If you want to incorporate more learning into this activity, you can have children identify letters in their name from newspapers or magazines. 
They can cut the letters out (fine motor skills) and glue together their own design.
 
So, the big drive-in movie night has arrived!
Put on your pajamas, find your favorite pillow, pop some popcorn, find your favorite drink and hop into you car.  The small brown lunch bags are great to fill with popcorn for this event.
 

Then… let the drive-in movie begin!

 
 
Photo source:  Hidden Splendor Publishing ©

Photo source:  Hidden Splendor Publishing ©

Photo source:  Hidden Splendor Publishing ©
 
Family night at least once a week is a valuable time to form stronger relationships
 with family members and create wonderful memories! 
 
When you tire of the drive-in movies, why not whip out the board and card games?  If it is pretty outside take a family walk or bike ride, go swimming, throw a ball around, have a sing-a-long or any other activity that your entire family can enjoy together! 
 

Wishing you many magical moments!

 
Inspired from the book:
Miraculous, Magical Moments in Minutes:

Over 500 Quick, Easy Activities for Adults and Children to Share

by Becky Baxa
Available from http://www.Amazon.com
in both Kindle and Paperback versions
 

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