Christmas is near, but children are already knee-deep in toys. From birth, these items amass, often ignored or forgotten. They line up for landfills, bringing little joy. But there’s a gift that truly sparks imagination, creativity and autonomy, and builds life skills—one which offers a child more opportunity to explore, understand and master their world through play than any other: a cardboard box.

We buy puzzles for our children to learn to fit things together, yet a box gives them the chance to conjure their own giant 3-D…



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