One of Henry's all-time favorite activities is playing with a cardboard box.
He likes to climb in.
He likes to climb out.
He likes to sit down and stay awhile.
So one day last week, when the triplets wanted to eat their lunch outside ...
At the front of our house...
In an area where there is absolutely no fencing to hold in a curious toddler ...
I served Henry his lunch in a box.
He was happily and safely contained...
And sat for the entire duration of time we were outside, contentedly eating a grilled cheese sandwich, alongside his Toy Story posse.
When lunch time was over, we just pushed Henry and his box back in to the house. Then I dumped out all of his uneaten lunch and used it for him again, the very next day. (I just noticed that his box was for apples. Maybe that's why he liked it so much?)
Clean up is a snap!
Baby is contained and happy!
Change of scenery at the front of the house is fun and exciting!
All in all, this very well might be one of the most brilliant things I've ever thought up. (And quite possibly, the cutest.)