We’ve been hard at work sourcing great materials for YOUR KIDS to have fun with. Our first of 6 Busy Boxes is sourced out and the prototype is complete… Take a look:
Busy Box #1 (which I’m still trying to decide on a name for…) will have three main activities and dozens more that your kids will come up with all on their own!
Activity 1: The Felt Chain
Kids can practice their buttoning skills as they learn colors and patterns with this fun set of felt strips. Each strip has a button hole on one end and a big chunky bright button on the other end. Kids can link each together by buttoning one button into another strips hole. Once they’ve mastered that, they can make a different chain by buttoning one button into it’s own button hole, then slipping another strip through the loop and buttoning THAT one to itself. Think Paper Chain only with felt loops. VERY fun. There are lots of other ways that your kids will discover to use these links and loops. My own 3 year old has amazed me with what she can do with these things. And she is now a master buttoner!
Activity 2: The Color Sort
For this activity, kids will lay out one of each color of the links from activity 1. Then they’ll use the small materials provided in the baggie and sort them all out by color onto each strip. They will then likely run around the house looking for other things to sort onto their strips. Lots of fun and kids LOVE feeling the feathers and buttons, beads and sequins.
Activity 3: The Button Snake
This activity is great buttoning and patterning practice. The Button Snake comes with 24 felt squares, each with a button hole in the middle. The snake itself has one square sewn to the end of it to keep all the others in place. Children can button on all the squares to design their own snake. They can choose any patterns they’d like to and will usually naturally create interesting patterns without much prodding from a grown up. Perhaps the most fun part of this activity is the imaginative play end of it. Once kids hear that it’s a snake, they seem to want to enjoy some pretend play, allowing their snake to explore the house and all the people and things in it.
Don’t these look and sound so fun?
We’ll be sharing more posts about each Busy Box as we finalize the sourcing and design of each one. You can keep helping us out by pre-ordering yours here! We’ll reward you with free downloads of your choice from the Little Learning Lovies Store!
We’ll have 6 of these in all to get us started this Summer and I can’t wait to show them all to you! Here’s the list of them all:
- Rainbow Box (colors and buttoning practice, Imaginative Play)
- Pond Box (counting and colors with a frog/pond theme, Imaginative Play)
- Alphabet Box (Letter shapes, Upper and Lowercase)
- Shape Box (Shapes, Size Sequencing)
- Number Box (counting, sequencing, sorting)
- Farm Box (Counting, Colors, Size, Imaginative Play)