Paint in a Box

Image credit: 7WondersDesign on Etsy

Image credit: 7WondersDesign on Etsy 

Paint in a Box

Yes, I let my child loose in a big cardboard box with loads of paint. Quite simple, really. We had the paint. We had the box. We had the boy. All of which quickly turned into Paint in a Box. This activity was spontaneous, filled with Process Art, Creativity, and Imaginative Storytelling. I am grateful that I went with it. I followed my son’s lead. He’s five now. He still recalls this day with such happiness.

The Box.

The Paint.

The Boy in the Box with the Paint.


The Joy.


The Hand Prints. Creating Art.

The Foot Prints

The Foot Prints. Creating Art.

Paint Sensory


The Sensory Explosion. Mixing Colors. Feeling Textures.

Peek a Boo Paint Box

The Boy in all his glory and contentment. He explored for almost an hour.



Most often, the most rewarding experiences and activities with your children are not those that are planned…instead the activities are spontaneous. So, let yourself go with it. Trust me.


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Founder, Publisher, Writer & Editor at Carrots Are Orange, Inc.
Marnie began Carrots Are Orange in 2010 after the birth of her first son. Carrots Are Orange is a Montessori inspired learning and living blog for parents and educators. She hails from Maine, a wonderfully down to earth place to grow up. Marnie moved to the west coast in 1999, currently living east of Seattle with her husband and three young boys. She is pursuing Montessori certification. Her work has been featured on Apartment Therapy, PBS Kids, BabyCenter, the Melissa & Doug blog, and


  1. says

    Hello! I would like permission to include some of these pictures on my website…I am adding a new page on sensory ideas for a cardboard box. Please let me know if I can use these! Love them!

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