I am such a huge advocate for imaginative play. I think children need a good daily dose until at least 9 years of age. There is a developmental unfoldment of the imagination that provides the ground work for higher order thinking. Imaginative play provides nourishment for the frontal lobes. In reality, imaginative play is a very academic activity – we just don’t see the results directly.
Here are a few things I found on the internet that I loved! So easy and cheap! I have noticed through the years that if I involve the children in the “transformation” of materials – there is a deep appreciation and engagement in the items constructed. These are a few ideas that the children could be in the process of making them. Obviously, they can not cut the cardboard but they could help design and paint the item.