Saturday, 27 October 2012

Yes or No? A box with answers

I did say I'd do something for the boys from The Big Ideas Book, but it's not just for them - making these little boxes is fun for anyone really.

The reason for the 'boy' tag is they're very, very quick. I don't know about you but that's certainly music to my ears when I'm doing anything crafty with mine. My boys are often keen, always impatient, and have the attention span of a gnat. So the faster they can see results the better! Yes-No boxes are perfect because they're pretty much instant. This is all you'll need - empty matchboxes and a pen or pencil.

Slide out a tray and draw a two-way face on both sides (there are two trays here to show this). Slide it back.

The kids decorated their boxes too, drawing on sticky address labels, but skip the colouring-in bit if you want.  Then the idea is to whisper a secret question needing a 'yes' or 'no' answer into your box..

..shut it, toss the box in the air and pick it up as it's fallen. Open slowly halfway, and the face gives you the answer.

There were squeals of delight and howls of despair - so much fun watching them.

I heard whispers of goals, Arsenal, Disneyland and daddy, the Red Arrows? and something about an iPad (I don't think so..)

and someone obviously thinks they're getting sparkly shoes for christmas..


  1. That's a really good idea! We had a little japanese toy thing that you could ask questions to, and it would nod or shake it's head, but it's run out of batteries! No chance of that happening here! :)

    1. it is such a simple idea and kept them occupied for a while! Quite a good thing to have up your sleeve when it's grim outside :)

  2. I love this idea!
    I'm your partner for Lakota's Christmas swap. Can you send me an email so we can swap address? jenny [at]

    1. Will do Jenny! Thrilled to be swapping with you.