Ohio preschool teacher Pete Kaser made headlines last month by stripping his classroom of name-brand toys and replacing them with common materials like cardboard boxes and egg cartons. "The children were actually not asking for their toys back or where the toys were at all, which is kind of shocking," Kaser told the Huffington Post. Instead, the boxes unleashed the youngsters' imaginations, leading to a very healthy feel-good story for everyone to nod smugly at.

So why spend tons of money on flashy toys when kids won't really care about them anyway, and you don't really care about the kids? Just throw a bunch of boxes at them and tell them to make their own fun.

Consider picking up a few classic 34 x 18 x 14 corrugated cardboard shipping boxes ($3.25 each from You'll save hundreds of dollars on their god-damned Nintendo Marios, and your kids will benefit from the intellectual stimulation of having to figure out how to play with a box; plus, they'll get lifelong satisfaction from telling hilarious stories about how cheap and heartless you are.

Please note: consider buying larger boxes for children 15 years and older.

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