Have a children’s birthday party coming up? Here is a highly creative and very inexpensive present that works well for both boys and girls ages 4-8.
Not a Box, by Antoinette Portis is a delightfully series of simple drawings about a rabbit and a box. But it’s not a box- it’s a race car, a mountain and a robot among many things. The box transforms with bold red lines into a series of imaginative adventures.
The book is wonderful by itself, but what makes this into a super cool gift is wrapping it in a very large box. The bigger the better, keeping in mind the child’s home. Also, make sure the box can fit into your car once it’s assembled and wrapped. The Container Store has a nice selection of boxes, which are white and great for drawing on. But you may want a brown box just like the one in the book, those can be found at any office supply store.
So not only are you giving a great book, but an opportunity for the child to explore his or her own imagination with their very own box. If you feel you need to or would like spend more add some arts and craft items, scarves, animal masks or anything that would fuel their creativity. Wrap, add curling ribbon and a gift tag and you are all set for another party.