Last year, Rilla mentioned that she sometimes makes a tic tac toe game on the inside of her shoebox lid using straws. I thought this was a fabulous idea, and it got me to thinking…

The inside of the shoebox lid could be used for lots of things! Don’t let that area go to waste!

  • Tape your photo or a bible verse to the inside lid.  Tape you note to the child here, too.  So it won’t get lost or damaged!
  • Glue straws or pipe cleaners to the lid to create a tic tac toe board. I recommend tacky glue because it’s really strong.
  • Glue felt to the inside of the lid and cut out a little felt doll along with felt clothing pieces and accessories for a fun paper doll-type game.  Check out some felt story boards I did.
  • Create a maze using straws and pipe cleaners glued to the lid. Include a marble inside the box to use with the maze.
  • Make a car mat out of contruction paper and include a toy car inside the box!
I can’t wait to hear what other ideas do you have!



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2 Responses to Let the Lid Be Useful!

  1. Guest says:

    Sometimes I tape a colorful Christmas card or a hand puppet to the underside of the lid.

  2. Olivia says:

    I used markers to draw a tic-tac-toe board on the inside of one lid, then let my little neighbor and her friend make the game pieces out of paint chip samples. They cut little squares, then drew Xs and Os on them. I am going to put the pieces, along with instructions, in an envelop taped to the underside of the lid.

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