The homemade busy boxes would help our 2-3 year aged kiddos work on some learning concepts while keeping them quiet and out of our hair for a solid five minutes. Which with a lot of moms busy with chasing mobile babies, caring for newborns, or expecting new additions, having something to entertain a toddler can be clutch. And siblings or not, we can all appreciate five minutes to shower or drink some coffee while it's hot!
This time, we swapped with the following fellow mama's of two year olds!
Instead of making one box for each member of the group and swapping, like a lot of busy bag swap do, we just stuck to creating one to mail away. The parameters were that the activities had to focus on 2 year old skills - letters, numbers, colors, shapes, matching, sequencing, puzzles, you get the idea. They also were asked to be made as cheaply as possible, bonus if with items easily already found in the home or from the $1 spot.
We received our box last week from Arden (and her mommy Vanessa) from Sunflower State of Mind. It's the cutest Go Fish game, where Ashlynn can place the felt fish on the "ocean", blue side of the container, and fish with the little magnetic rod. After she can sort her catches by color in their proper cubby.
It is a huge hit and it'd totally be a great game to travel with, use at restaurants or on an airplane. She also included a cute One Fish Two Fish reusable bag that will for sure hold all her busy tasks for car rides and a Pout-Pout Fish book, which I probably enjoyed even more than she did. Such a cute book!
We hope this swap and blog hop encourages you to make a busy box for your little one! There are so many great ideas on Pinterest and when all else fails, you can always hand your little one a box of dry penne, a muffin tin, and a snack trap. That, no joke, entertained Ashlynn for 40 MINUTES one day! But then again something with some learning concepts is probably a bit better use of their time and brain.
Head over to Hello Erin and check out the busy box we made for the ever stylish Lex.
We will all be sharing tutorials how we made each our boxes next Tuesday. We hope you can share the ones you've made and link up with us for a giant Busy Box Blog Hop!
Have you made any of these before? Any simple activities that your littles ones love to do?