June 10, 2005


Parents are often heard to note that the most exciting part of a new toy is the box. This is certainly the case in our house, where even the acquisition of a new box of diapers is often cause for excitement. The Boy and The Girl draw on, sit in, sail the world or sled down snow-capped sofas in a new box. Cardboard is a highly valued commodity in our house and they are certainly not above fighting for the privilege of getting the first shot at any boxes that arrive here.

Another form of cardboard that engenders much excitement and a fair share of turf wars, is the "toot-toot" as it is known in this house. "Toot-toots" are so named because they are often turned into horns, though they have also been made into kazzos (with the addition of wax paper), spy glasses, scroll holders, sibling beaters, etc. The "toot-toot" comes in both short and long sizes. The long size originally was surrounded by paper towels. The sort version by toilet paper.

My children love them, fight over them and can find a million and one uses for a little roll of cardboard. The embarrassing part is when they ask for the toilet paper roll when we're out at a public restroom and the paper runs out.


Toot-toots are safe toys for birds, too,and I've never given them any.

What is the matter with me?

Posted by: Janis at June 10, 2005 11:16 AM

We have had many a pitched battle over boxes. I have to secretly stockpile them and bring them all out at the same time.

Posted by: Sarah G. at June 10, 2005 03:21 PM

Right now I am fighting for cardboard boxes too, I use them to hold my precious treasures as I get kidnapped by a crazed Austrian pirate and forced into moving across town in to an adorable victorian home in Scottsdale... this is the stuff of a historical romance novel... I love toot-toots too, seeing as they will be my periscope for this adventure!

Posted by: Blair at June 10, 2005 09:53 PM

Of course my children are the same, love the boxes! Dear Husband has not figured this out yet, he ALWAYS runs through the house picking them up and throwing them away. He thinks all of the cardboard makes it look like a shanty town. Wait till they start building forts out of everything in the house.....he will have a heart attack!

Posted by: ArmyWifeToddlerMom at June 13, 2005 08:24 AM