Busy Boxes

What is a BUSY BOX?

A busy box is a box or bag containing pre made activities that children can do on their own or with an adult. They usually have an activity that focuses on a skill, here are a handful of ideas for your own busy boxes* 
Shape blocks and pattern strips: I traced the shapes and colored them, have the child continue the pattern. I made many different pattern strips.

Or they can make their own pattern
Magnet wand, pipe cleaners (did you know they were magnetic!?), washers and small cups. Let children explore with what is magnetic and what is not.

Brown Bear "head and tail" matching

I found these cute printables here

Painting and 'bingo' markers: explore with colors and create
This is by far my favorite busy box I made. I was walking down the office supply isle and found "finger protectors" they have little bumps on them, I instantly though ***finger paint***

Small stamp pads, finger protectors and paper.

My son had a blast with this one*

Magnetic Letter matching. If you want to see what the book looks like that I got this print out from click here 

To see where I got these sheets click here and to see how to make magnet pom pom balls click here on a previous post

also in the office supply section I found these colored circles, they fit perfectly on the circles from these sheets. 

Ours are laminated so the stickers peel on and off easily.
Colored sand, toys and small bowls for scooping. To see how to make colored rice click here

Want more busy box ideas???   click here to view more busy boxes that focus on fine motor skills*


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  2. Great ideas!!! Where can I print out the Alphabet and Number pages?

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