Turn a cardboard box into a drop box activity that promotes colour and number matching, shape recognition, spacial awareness and fine motor development!
This is a fabulous toddler and preschooler activity that will cost you nothing to make. Create a simple cardboard Drop Box yourself, using items you already have around your home! You AND your kids are gonna love it!
The hooligans have been playing with this same drop box for close to two years now. I can’t tell you how many hours they’ve gathered around it. Aside from it being sat on by a few of the babies over the years, it’s held up really well, and never fails to keep everyone – toddlers right through to kindergarteners entertained and learning.
I was first inspired to make my drop box when I saw one over at Play at Home Mom.
What I used to make our Drop Box:
I started with:
- a cardboard box (this one held a pair of hockey skates)
- Sharpie Markers
- X-ACTO craft knife
- chunky foam shapes
- wooden blocks
- craft sticks
- paint colour swatches (I grab a handful at the paint or hardware store every now and again)
Transform your box:
I traced the foam shapes and cut those holes with the craft knife. I outlined the cut-outs with the Sharpies to make a “match and drop” area.
For the paint swatches, I cut 8 slots in the box, and outlined each one with a different colour of marker. The paint chips are various shades of each colour, so the Hooligans have to decide which colour family each paint chip belongs to before dropping it into the box.
Next, I drew upper and lower case letters on the craft sticks, and made a small drop-slot for each one. On the backs of the sticks, I drew coloured circles, squares and triangles, for the youngest hooligans who haven’t yet learned their letters.
I picked out several coloured blocks from our block bucket, and drew corresponding shaped and coloured holes for those to be dropped through.
And the final activity was numbers. A few dominoes and numbered holes will encourage counting and matching.
When I was finished, I cut 2 holes to sink a couple of plastic containers into. The box wasn’t big enough for any more than 2. It would have been nice to be able to fit all 4 containers across the top, but c’est la vie.
When you’re ready to pack it away, you can store the containers and drop-ables inside the box.
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