January Busy Boxes

We are still LOVING our busy boxes over here!  About twice a day, G (20 months) will say, “Box?  Box?” and drag me over to the cupboard to select one.  So much fun!
I switch out the activities once a month so here are some of our January Busy Boxes!
January Busy Boxes
First, I store them all in a cabinet that is at his level (the 10th one must have been in use when I took this picture! Oh, and the basket contains M’s learning books).  He LOVES peering through the boxes before choosing which one to do.
This month, I changed out our rice tub to a WINTER sensory tub.  I dyed some of the rice blue and left some natural.  I hid tiny eggs, a nest, pinecones, snowflakes, pompoms, and winter animals.  He LOVES it.
January Busy Boxes
G still loves to snack on the squeezy food pouches and I still wash and save each lid!  One box contains a BUNCH of lids and he loves playing with them!  We make towers, he lines them up, and yes, sometimes he just likes to throw them!
Another fun box contains an ice cube tray and some tiny counting bears (like THESE).  He loves to take them out, put them in, and just play with them.  We talk about colors and even do some pretend play by making them talk and run and jump.
January Busy Boxes
I picked up a sugar shaker at the Dollar Tree and placed it in the box, along with toothpicks and pipecleaners snipped short.  It takes so much concentration to push each one through the tiny holes.  He loves it and now is trying to figure out how to remove the lid on his own.
Our last new one came mostly from the Dollar Tree (again!).  I grabbed these big stamp pads and matched them with them with some chunky foam stamps (from HERE).  He LOVES pushing the big stamps into the huge pads and making masterpieces (which yes, sometimes end up on his arms!).
Busy boxes are so much fun and when we welcome a new baby in February, I’m excited that G will have a system of getting some fun learning in while this mama is nursing or changing diapers!
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  • Reply Jennifer

    Welcome to a new Linky Party for Kid-Focused Bloggers. Monday Kid Corner is a place to share your kid-friendly activities and crafts. Please join us at See you there!

    January 7, 2013 at 10:50 pm
  • Reply totschooltotallyawesome

    Lovely ideas! Thank you for sharing them. I am sure Aarya(son) would love all of these bins. Thanks for the inspiration.

    January 8, 2013 at 11:53 am
  • Reply Kirstylee Cassidy

    These are awesome. I just started doing tot trays (which are the same as busy boxes, but on trays) with my toddler. So far, he likes them, but this is only his first week trying them out. We’ll see what happens in the future. Here are the winter themed activities for his trays.

    January 8, 2013 at 7:01 pm
  • Reply Jen

    Jill… love these ideas! Keeping them at my little guys level would mean a huge mess though. He would empty them all at once for sure. lol He’s almost 3 and testing me. I started saving the fruit squeeze lids as well.

    January 10, 2013 at 12:27 pm
  • Reply Kathleen

    I like how you switch out the activities each month…I’m impressed! Might have to adopt that. Want to try the shaker & toothpick activity, as well as the ice cube tray. Thanks for all these great ideas!

    February 28, 2013 at 3:21 am
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