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Build An Adventure Day In A Box

Mar 7, 2019

A few years ago, my daughter was given the most brilliant of gifts: an 'adventure in a box.' No toys, no clothes, not a thing, except time with people she loved, doing things she loved. Isn’t that an incredible gift idea?

It was presented in a box with ‘adventure’ scrawled across the top and inside there were notes explaining each part of the day, as well as little things she might need at the different stops. There was a stop at a local coffee shop for a steamed milk, time at a nearby park and a trip to a family-friendly attraction.


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The other thing I love about this gift idea is that it doesn't fill our home with more stuff. Please say it’s not just me who feels completely overwhelmed by the number of things that come through the door around a birthday or big holiday!

This year, instead of buying my kiddos gifts, I decided to steal the idea and create each of them an adventure in a box and my gosh — not only was putting them together fun, the kids absolutely loved them!

These can be put together using whichever materials you have on hand, so feel free to switch it up and personalize any way you like!

Materials for Adventure In A Box.

Here’s what I used to create an adventure in a box for my daughter:

  • a small box
  • a stick-on label
  • tissue paper
  • card stock
  • scissors
  • printed photos
  • tape
  • number stickers
  • a fineliner

With all of the potential materials gathered, I started the project by writing a little note to my daughter explaining the gift, but you can explain it your way.

Handwritten note on a tag.

Next I created the activity cards by sticking a photo onto a slightly larger piece of card stock, placing a number sticker up top and writing a little explanation below. These activities can be absolutely anything you and your child enjoy doing together — having a picnic at the beach, playing catch in the park, swimming at the local pool, visiting a grandparent, going to the skate park, stopping by your local science centre, having lunch at a favourite restaurant — anything goes!

One thing to keep in mind: while I think the photos are a nice touch, they aren’t necessary and definitely require more effort to complete the project. I decided to include them because I was also making a box for my toddler and I knew they’d be super helpful for him, but they certainly aren’t a necessity for kiddos who read.

Pictures of library and cafe.

I also gathered up any small items that we’d need while on our adventure (membership cards, library cards, coins, gift cards, etc.) so they could be included in the boxes too.

Photos and instructions spread out on table next to box.

With the note and activity cards prepared, I made a little label for the lid and lined the box with a strip of tissue paper. Then I placed the activity cards and extra goodies into the box so they’d appear in order when opened.

Instructions in a box.

For the final touch, enclose everything in tissue paper and add the little note on top. That’s it — gift prepared and ready to go!

Article Author Jen Kossowan
Jen Kossowan

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Jen is a teacher, blogger, and mama to a spirited little lady and a preemie baby boy. She's passionate about play, loves a good DIY project, adores travelling, and can often be found in the kitchen creating recipes that meet her crunchy mama criteria. You can follow Jen on her blog, Mama.Papa.Bubba, and on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, and Instagram.

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