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’re gonna love it!
With the last week of summer holidays wrapping up, I really should be organizing school supplies, and pulling my house back together after doing a bare minimum of house-work these past 2 months. Instead, I immersed myself in this little project, and I must say I am SO looking forward to presenting it to the Hooligans!
I was first inspired to make this when I saw pictures of the drop box that Play at Home Mom had made.
Here’s what I did:
I started with a good sized box, some Sharpies, a paper cutting knife, and a few objects for dropping. I would think of more “drop-ables” as I worked away.
I started by cutting holes for the foam shapes, and outlining with the sharpies. That area will be fun for a little match and drop area. Then I grabbed a handful of paint chip samples, and cut slits in the box, and outlined the slots with 8 different colours. The paint chips are various shades of each colour, so the Hooligans will have to decide which colour family each paint chip belongs to.
Next, I drew upper and lower case letters on “popsicle” 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 little ones who don’t yet know 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 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.
I think this is going to be very popular with my little friends! I can’t wait for them to see it next week.
***************UPDATE************* One and a half years later, this drop box gets pulled out and played with almost every day by one hooligan or another. Despite the fact that it’s been stepped on and sat on by a couple of the babies (and therefore the sides and top are kind of crunched in), this is still one of the all-time favourite activities in the playroom!
If you’d like more ideas for creating easy activities from recycled materials, here are a few more treasures we’ve made from our trash!