Keep Your Little One Busy As a Bee With a "Busy Box"
Written by: Anna Rooney
What is a busy box? It is a box of 4 fun activities that can be re-used. The busy box contains 4 zip-lock activity bags. Each activity bag is filled with real-life objects that encourage fine-motor and sensory exploration. Many objects like cotton balls, spoons, cups, pasta, and sponges can be found around the house. The busy-box activities can encourage fun, purposeful exploration. It is influenced by the activities that I have seen in Montessori classrooms.
Who can use the busy box? The busy box example I am showing would be most appropriate for children ages 2-6.
How can I make a busy box? You will need a plastic box with a lid and 4 zip-lock bags. Each bag will contain materials for an activity so your box will have 4 different activities. The plastic box can be used for water exploration (using small amounts of water
What activities can I put in the busy box? Here are some activity/material suggestions:
- Scooping and pouring pasta: dry pasta and cups.
- Using tweezers: cotton balls and tweezers or clips.
- Exploring wet and dry: sponges and small amounts of water.
- Pouring water: small amounts of water, measuring spoons, and food dye (optional).
- Cleaning: spray bottle of water and cleaning brush.
- Polishing: cloth and silver spoons.
- Measuring water: squeeze dropper, water, and small measuring cups.
- Beading: large beads and rope
- Opening, closing, putting in and out: plastic eggs and cotton balls.
- Opening, closing, putting in and out: old jewelry and jars with lids.
How should I use a busy box? A busy box should be special. This means that you only use one activity bag at a time. This way you can rotate the activities and prevent boredom. After a while, you may be able to exchange materials between the activity bags.
When should I use a busy box? Use it when your child seems bored. Use it instead of sitting in front of a screen. Use it when you think your child needs to be occupied. Use it when you would like to interact with your child.
Why the busy box? A busy box keeps your child’s brain and body active. Children often like real-life activities so it is sometimes fun for them to explore objects that are not toys.
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