Did you catch the first week of quiet boxes I shared? If not you can see them right here, This Weeks Quiet Boxes. As I promised, here is our next week of quiet boxes.
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We kept the last ones for over 2 weeks, actually. The kids loved them and were able to use them in many different ways. Since they had started to become quite familiar with them and the novelty had worn off, I decided to switch it up.
As always, these boxes are very, very simple. They are calming, quiet activities, ideal for letting little ones relax and slow down. Something my boys need frequently. We use these boxes at various points throughout our day, but almost always during the witching hour. That whacky little (but it’s not little) stretch of time right before dinner.
Here are the quiet boxes the boys are enjoying this week:
1. Button Bracelets. Lots of pipecleaners and oodles of dollar store buttons make this bin a big hit with my 4 year old. He loves making bracelets to give away as gifts. I used buttons instead of beads this week to add a new element. Now he threads through one hole of the button, and back through the second hole to make the buttons lay flat.
2. Cutting Bin. This bin is mostly for Benjamin (who is 2.5) He loves cutting right now. I threw some odds and ends into this bin. Some cut up scrap paper, ribbon, string, feathers … Really anything that is thin enough to be cut with one snip. This could be adjested for various ages, by adding zigzag lines, or curved lines for preschoolers to cut.
3. Googly Eyes on Paper. I glued some googly eyes on paper (hence the name of this bin, gosh do I state the obvious). The idea is for my boys to draw some amazing creatures, people, animals – whatever two-eyed being their little minds come up with.
4. Paper Chains. Sam adores making paper chains, and has since Christmas (2013). It’s kinda his thing. We recently made a birthday paper chain countdown to his birthday, which made me think of doing this as a quiet bin. I put some strips of paper, tape, and markers in the bin.
5. Farm Animal Paddocks. A few handfuls of popsicle sticks mixed with a few barn animals, and you have the boys favourite bin. They use the popsicle sticks to make little paddocks for all of the various animals. They generally take 4 popsicle sticks, make a square, and pop an animal inside. Sometimes bigger animals get bigger paddocks, or friendly animals get joining paddocks. Their imaginations run wild with this one. Who knew?!
And there you have it! Another week of peaceful play and quiet. Well, at least a few moments of it daily!
Thank you for reading, Have you made any quiet boxes yet? Let me know by commenting below please!