Children’s Toys and Cardboard Boxes

It was LP’s Birthday on Wednesday and, like every small child on their Birthday, LP received a huge amount of presents. Many of these presents came in cardboard boxes and inside those cardboard boxes came the actual toy.

The actual toy though would be in packaging. Packaging consisting of cable ties, plastic coated wire, sellotape and other assortments of bits and bobs designed to keep the toy in the lovely packaging for as long as possible. It also kept the child away from the toy for a considerable amount of time and made the toy look like a prisoner in it’s own little box.

Each toy was painstakingly removed from this packaging. I am not exaggerating when I say that every toy took a good ten minutes to rescue from it’s cable tie cell, cutting each little wire with industrial strength scissors to release the toy from it’s incarceration.

Finally, after what felt like hours of surgical toy removal, all toys were free at last – lined up on top of LP’s toy box. A little army of various electronic amusements – plastic signing animals, dancing objects and music instruments.

We then met a further obstacle.


Why are toys sold without batteries? Who looks on the box when they buy a toy to see if batteries are supplied?! Does anyone buy batteries to include them with a toy when giving them as a gift? I certainly don’t!

LP at this point wants to play with her toys, her lovely musical, noisy, irritating toys but they are standing there like a silent army. Like a brass band on strike.

Dave and I then pull the house apart, looking for anything with batteries in so that we can ‘borrow’ them to make the toys work. Size C batteries? Who uses size C batteries?!

Finally we have most of the toys working, out of their packaging prisons and full of batteries, they begin to whir into life with dings, dongs, pings and whistles. The little musical army has come to life in a blur of noises and we are finally happy that we have completed a job well done.

At this point we turn around to see LP incredibly happy.

Playing with a cardboard box.

Children's Toys and Cardboard Boxes

This post is dedicated to a good friend of mine @MadMojitoMonkey

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  • One good piece of advice is buy a stash of cheap batteries from poundland or the like and have a battery box. Cheap batteries run out quicker and that way you can find out which toys are most annoying and then “run out of batteries” when it comes to replacing them. None of that duracell bunny lasts for months malarkey! And when said batteries run out, make sure you have a cardboard box to hand to placate small person. 🙂

  • We keep a stock of batteries in standard sizes in the kitchen drawers so thankfully don’t suffer that one too often. However the cutting things out of the boxes drives me mad! I learned last Christmas to unpack as much as possible before wrapping it up so it’s ready to play as soon as its opened!

  • I hate toy packaging, especially when they not just put one or two cable ties but between 6 and 10 that’s just a nightmare. I usually get batteries whenever I am in 99p shop and popped in the just in case drawer but I only stock AA and AAA so when they need C or D batteries then we have a disappointed child who has to wait until next time we go to the shop to get them. I think toys that need batteries should at least be supplied with them. The look on a childs face when their toy needs batteries and there are none in the house is so sad.

  • Toy packaging is a nightmare isn’t it! And batteries are like…gold dust whenever you need them. When you dont need them, they are in every drawer of the house, lol!

    Thanks for linking up with this weeks #MMWBH xx