I looked out the window to the trash the other day and discovered that someone had thrown away an absolutely terrific box!
Here it is fixed up as a fun little house for M. Inside there is an overstuffed chair, a little cardboard bookshelf, a picture on the wall, and an end table with a lamp on it for reading (flashlight).
As I was fixing up the box I wondered whether M was actually old enough to enjoy this sort of thing yet, but I needn't have worried. She thought it was great, and ended up sitting on the chair for long stretches of time, looking at her books and playing with the flashlight.
She even giggled as she knocked on the door!
All this fun from an old water heater box!