Boxed up happiness.


  • Cardboard box


I can’t help but laugh when they try and surprise people by hiding inside. You can see these hands poking out, hear the excited shrieks and the box is wobbling.

It’s true what they say about baby number three being robust. Cici was causing the most mayhem in there! Finn was trying to tickle him, but Cian was squealing with laughter, grabbing and chomping on Finny’s hands, then later Ioan’s ears.

I overheard Ioan saying, “I told you Cici, you ALWAYS have fun in a cardboard box!”

DfES Early Learning Goals (2017)

Personal, social and emotional development

ELG 06 – Self-confidence and self-awareness:

Children are confident to try new activities, and say why they like some activities more than others. They are confident to speak in a familiar group, will talk about their ideas, and will choose the resources they need for their chosen activities. They say when they do or don’t need help.

ELG 07 – Managing feelings and behaviour:

Children talk about how they and others show feelings, talk about their own and others’ behaviour, and its consequences, and know that some behaviour is unacceptable. They work as part of a group or class, and understand and follow the rules. They adjust their behaviour to different situations, and take changes of routine in their stride.

ELG 08 – Making relationships:

Children play co-operatively, taking turns with others. They take account of one another’s ideas about how to organise their activity. They show sensitivity to others’ needs and feelings, and form positive relationships with adults and other children.

Expressive arts and design

ELG 17 – Being imaginative:

Children use what they have learnt about media and materials in original ways, thinking about uses and purposes. They represent their own ideas, thoughts and feelings through design and technology, art, music, dance, role-play and stories.