STOP! Think twice before you throw away that gift box styrofoam! To your child's vast imagination, it's essentially ...another toy!!!
In fact, in my house, styrofoam, shrink wrap, bubble wrap, and cardboard casings are considered goldmines. More often than not, my boys focus on these protective shells more than the actual toy they came with.
Just look at how Kenji made three awesome new toys out of these simple, almost discardable styro sleeves.
*Mother's face, meet mother's palm
Kids are born resourceful recyclers --and us parents have absolutely no right to curb their bold display of creativity. Do as I do --hoard, amass, stockpile. Then, wait and watch. You'd be surprised.