30th December, 2011 - Posted by admin - No Comments
So, I have decided to try making a “busy box” for X every evening before we go to bed for him to play with the next morning.
This is our first attempt – a box from the Ikea shelves we have, which we will use each time.
I filled it with lentils (puy, yellow and green – and an ideal soup mix when he has finished with it!) but you could also use unpopped corn, dried beans, rice… I just want to avoid sand. I am fed up of sand all over our floor from it being traipsed in from the sandpit outside!
In it are his diggers and construction toys. I also imagine he will enjoy burying toys in it and pouring it from one cup to another.
What is lovely is that this one is a nice sensory experience as well.
Other ideas for future busy boxes include:
Potato stamps, paint and paper ready to go.
Hair salon (from my friend Sarah) – an old non-working hairdryer with the cord cut off, combs, rollers etc etc – and a wig?! (neither the boy nor I have a lot of hair!)
Ink stamps, felt pens and paper to make fingerprint pictures.
Playdoh, rolling pin, cutters etc.
More great busy box ideas here
Any ideas you have, please share! I will add busy box pictures each time I make them!
Edit – 7th January 2012
The lentils were a huge hit. Less so, sticklebricks, stickers and pictures, and a colour-match sorting task. Today, however, we hit on another big success – water, food dye, washing up liquid and straws. There is a theme here – the more sensory orientated, the more fun!
For some reason I can’t upload the video here of us playing together with the bubble busy box, but you can find us on Facebook and I have put it up there. While you are on Facebook, why not “like” our page and you will be keep up to date with latest blogs and articles!
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