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« on: June 14, 2012 08:23:36 AM »

This project is SO easy, yet it provides hours of fun and learning.  My little guy is fascinated with the stars and solar system.

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Giant cardboard box (mine was from a foam mattress)
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With the screwdriver, take out your energy (or anger) on one side of the box.  Stab it repeatedly. Cheesy  Try to spread the holes all across the side of the box.

Poke each bulb through a hole in the box.

Plug the light strand into a socket.

Climb in the box and enjoy! Smiley*

*My bulbs have never felt warm, but make sure to use with adult supervision and unplug when not in use.

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"WOW!  I see Mars!"




View, if you are laying inside the box


He added the canopy aka "tunnel leading to the star house" Cheesy


He asked if we could use a telescope, so I gave him a sheet of foam to roll into one.  Voila!  Star hunter.


This project was 110% inspired by Play at Home Mom's cave of stars blog post.  She rocks! Kiss
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« Reply #1 on: June 14, 2012 08:33:44 AM »

i LOVE this so much!!!  i will probably get on making one for my little guy.
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« Reply #2 on: June 14, 2012 08:34:56 AM »

i LOVE this so much!!!  i will probably get on making one for my little guy.

Mine's in it right now. Cheesy  I can't tell you how many adults have been in there, too.  Fun for all Cheesy
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« Reply #3 on: June 14, 2012 09:44:20 AM »

aw man, I want one and I don't even have kids.
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« Reply #4 on: June 14, 2012 09:54:20 AM »

These pics would have gotten loads of comments on Facebook Smiley Beats the ordinary ones of kids at the park, playing the back yard, etc. This looks magical and I'm sure your boy will look back fondly on what you created for him.
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« Reply #5 on: June 14, 2012 10:53:07 AM »

This makes me super incredibly happy.
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« Reply #6 on: June 14, 2012 12:23:30 PM »

aw man, I want one and I don't even have kids.

Me too!
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« Reply #7 on: June 14, 2012 12:24:55 PM »

These pics would have gotten loads of comments on Facebook Smiley Beats the ordinary ones of kids at the park, playing the back yard, etc. This looks magical and I'm sure your boy will look back fondly on what you created for him.

Aww, that's so sweet!  He does really love our little projects, crafting and cooking.  I'm certain these will be some of his first memories.
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« Reply #8 on: June 14, 2012 03:34:42 PM »

Awwww! I love the look of wonder on his face in the second photo! My heart melted, throwing me back to stargazing on the roof with my dad and brother, looking at Mars through dad's Bushnel binoculars... QQ
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« Reply #9 on: June 14, 2012 05:08:08 PM »

Awwww! I love the look of wonder on his face in the second photo! My heart melted, throwing me back to stargazing on the roof with my dad and brother, looking at Mars through dad's Bushnel binoculars... QQ

Ahh, the good old Bushnel binoculars.  Great memories here, too.  I was thinking of making him a pair of binoculars from two toilet paper tubes. Cheesy
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« Reply #10 on: June 14, 2012 07:46:15 PM »

aw man, I want one and I don't even have kids.

Me too!

Me three!! I love this idea. What a wonderful starry little fort. I want one Smiley.
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« Reply #11 on: June 15, 2012 12:29:33 AM »

Awww that's so awesome! Grin
I've always been wanting to do something similar for the bedroom to hang over the bed! xD
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« Reply #12 on: June 15, 2012 06:34:32 PM »

that looks like so much fun--I'll have to make one when it gets dark before bedtime again

ps I can't believe how big your little guy is getting. 
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« Reply #13 on: June 15, 2012 10:57:53 PM »

Fantastic! where's his sleeping bag and pillow?
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« Reply #14 on: June 17, 2012 08:11:13 AM »

Fantastic! where's his sleeping bag and pillow?

He does have one in there right now, ha!  He moves them back and forth between the star box and tent right next to it.
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« Reply #15 on: June 18, 2012 02:34:13 PM »

This is wonderful ! Extra large Cardboard box- a winner + Christmas lights- also a winner = AWESOME.
And no mosquitos or frost bite while star gazing makes this especially awesome !
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« Reply #16 on: June 18, 2012 07:11:13 PM »

Forget all that money we waste on toys!  Give 'em a box!  I have so many box memories...
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« Reply #17 on: June 19, 2012 08:52:00 AM »

This is SO cool! You've taken box play to a whole other level by adding twinkle lights! *rocks*  Wink
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