I love being able to stay at home all day with my kids, but sometimes it is hard to entertain them all day. We play with toys, go on walks, play in the yard, and once we do all those things, they ask to watch TV.
Don't get me wrong, I love TV, but once they watch one movie or show, it turns into two more. So I created what we call our "Activity Box."
Whenever my kids get bored during the day and want to watch TV, we get out this Activity Box first and then watch a show when they are done. What usually happens is they end up playing with the Activity Box and forget about the TV.
So, what is in the Activity Box?
3. Beads and wire
5. Small toys
6. Foam shapes
7. Velcro popsicle sticks
8. Gooey stuff
9. Scrabble tiles
10. Pretend money
11. Magnetic fishing game
12. Pom poms
14. Pipe cleaners
15. Craft foam sticks
My rule when we play is that they can only have one activity out of the box at a time. They have to clean it up when they want to switch. We have cookie sheets, muffin tins, measuring cups, scoopers, and strainers out when we play too.
1. Puzzles: The dollar store sells some great ones. I usually pick up a few whenever I go. I cut the puzzle image from the box after I buy it and store it in a zip lock bag with the pieces. This saves room and we still have a picture to refer to when doing the puzzles.
2. Clothespins: I colored these with a marker. The red and orange have all the uppercase and the blue and green have all the lowercase letters. My youngest likes to practice pinching the clothespins, while my oldest likes to match the lowercase to the uppercase.
Our box started with only a few of these activities, and I added more each time I went to the store. They are all very inexpensive and provide so much room for imagination and creativity when they play.
I used these often when I taught co-op preschool. I am constantly adding more activities too!
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