My daughters (5 and 3) love the whole Disney princess thing but they love Jake and the Neverland pirates equally. Jake broke out right around when Disney Junior the channel launched and introduced my kids to the idea of Peter Pan, which has really become their favorite movie and bedtime story.
And Disney ain’t no fool – they have an entire summer theme on Disney Channel dedicated to being a pirate or princess with Jake and Sofia the First teaming up. Yes, I speak of these characters as if I know them personally.
So, it was no surprise that my daughters asked me to make them swords to “play Jake.” I had to think for a few minutes but glancing at the recently delivered Amazon box smiling back at me on the table gave me an idea.
As Amazon puts it in a recent TV spot, “We’re the company with the smile on the box” (or something like that) and it dawned on me that the little smiling arrow on the box looks a lot like a sword.
I proceeded to cut out the arrow and kept a little extra at the bottom to reveal a great little cardboard sword.
The kids were super happy for about 20 minutes. I found the sword bent up behind the couch later that night, but I was happy I could fulfill the sword request easily with what would have been garbage.