A while ago BBC published a story on the Finnish maternity box that all expecting mothers get for free in Finland. The box is full of cloths and other useful baby stuff, and is, in my opinion, a great way of promoting health and equality. You can read more about the BBC story here: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-22751415
However, the box is far more useful than just the contents of it. First the box can serve as a bed for the baby (comes with a madras). And when it is not needed as a storage box either any more, one can turn it into a toy car for kids: – free materials, fun to do it together, and then fun for a while for the kids.
The madras has also been great: I cut it into different shapes, and already a 1yo had fun stamping away. My kids have also used pieces of the madras as first “paint brushes” when they haven’t had the coordination to use a proper brush yet. Thanks for the free art supplies to the Finnish Government!