The Power of Parenting

Wednesday, 18 March 2021

New Activity: Painted Box Play House

Inviting friends over to create their own space for pretend play lets them practice social skills while they play. This Comfort, Play & Teach™ activity will encourage your child and his friends to make up all kinds of stories and bring them to life, together!


You will need:
  • A large cardboard appliance box
  • Roller brushes
  • Tempera paint
  • Paint trays
  • Smocks to protect the children’s clothing



  • Place some sheets of newspaper beneath the appliance box. Pour a few colours of tempera paint onto a paint tray and provide roller brushes for a few children to do this activity. Children should put on smocks before they begin to paint.
  • Children can dip the rollers into the paint and apply it to the surface of the box to decorate it as they wish.
  • When the box has dried, an adult can use scissors or an exacto knife to cut windows and a doorway into the box to create a rocket ship or castle or house for the children’s dramatic play.


Enjoy this more with Comfort, Play & Teach™:


  • As children paint, they can talk, plan, and share ideas. Creating a place for imaginative play together invites communicating, sharing, turn-taking and co-operation -- skills necessary for getting along with others.



  • How many ideas can children dream up for their pretend play? They may be community helpers, space aliens, fairy tale characters and dragons! There is no limit on what they will do as they play.



  • Creating a pretend play house gives children an opportunity to use thinking skills like planning, making choices and decisions, delegating and seeking out the resources that they need to carry out their ideas together.