One thing that has become a tradition for our family with each UAB shipment is the follow on cardboard forts. We pack a couple of box cutters and a roll or two of packing tape in the UAB boxes. When they are emptied we give the kids a play area that they are so excited to have. Another benefit is that the three walled cardboard used for UAB is it really sturdy, so you can make dual level structures. We could probably go higher but I have visions of Zoltan wiggling out of a window back down to the floor for a nasty bump on the noggin. So when UAB showed up the kids were very very excited to the see all the big boxes. The first night we put together a relatively simple structure with two levels (Upper right photo). The kids each agreed on one entry box being their own houses and the two in the middle are the shared house. You have to go through one or the other kid's house to get the shared house. They were quite pleased with the arrangement.
This tour is unusual that we also got an HHE by air shipment. The movers in Maryland packed it just like any other UAB shipment. So we have lots and lots of boxes this time. I decided to expand the fort some the next night. I added another bottom section but not actually attached to the the first section. Then I added a second section on the second level that you can use to as a bridge to go from one side to the other. Alex was showering when I finished this up. She can out and went in the fort and proceeded to go to the second level when she saw the new addition. Her words were something like "Hey what the? Oh Cool!!" Unfortunately the written word can not really catch the confusion in her first statement followed by the excitement in here second. Not sure how many of these we will build before they become boring to older kids (or they just don't fit) but right now it is such fun to watch.