Box Ecology

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This great "re-use it" activity will demonstrate how to transform a greeting card into a box. Once constructed, the box can have many uses like holding special notes or keepsakes. This resource guide includes an adapted activity for early learners in which learners make a cup out of paper. [Activity is publicly available through a web crawler capture on]

Quick Guide

Preparation Time:
Under 5 minutes

Learning Time:
5 to 10 minutes

Estimated Materials Cost:
1 cent - $1 per student

Age Range:
Ages 6 - 14

Resource Types:
Activity, Lesson/Lesson Plan


Materials List (per student)

  • 1 greeting card--rectangle shape works best
  • Ruler or straight edge
  • Pencil
  • Scissors
  • Tape


  • Engineering and Technology
    • Engineering
  • Life Sciences
    • Ecology
      • Human Impact
  • Mathematics
    • Geometry
      • Plane Geometry
    • Measurement
  • The Nature of Science
    • Science and Society
  • The Nature of Technology
    • The Design Process
      • Invention and Innovation

Informal Categories

  • Arts and Crafts
  • Nature and Environment


To use this activity, learners need to:

  • see
  • read
  • touch

Learning styles supported:

  • Links STEM to other topics of interest such as arts and humanities
  • Uses STEM to solve real-world problems
  • Involves hands-on or lab activities


Access Rights:

  • Free access



  • All rights reserved, Chicago Children's Museum,

Funding Source:

  • Allstate