Wednesday, August 03, 2016

how to keep an 18 month old busy with busy boxes

Keeping a toddler busy is quite the challenge, especially when it's too hot -or cold- outside.  I've been searching and searching Pinterest for ideas and things to do with Hazel that could help keep her busy and also be somewhat of a learning activity. 

Hazel is a girl who likes variety, she gets bored with easy things, and things that are repetitive.  She often times would rather play with something that isn't a toy-as I'm sure most babies do.  I thought, in order to give her variety, and help her learn, busy boxes would be our best bet. 

So, this is how I keep my 18 month old busy during maybe just a few minutes a day, but at least I know that she is learning something.  A lot of the items I have for Hazel help with fine motor skills and sensory, she really seems to like the things that she needs to concentrate on.  Most of the items I purchased at the dollar tree, or are recycled things form my craft closet. 

Pipe Cleaner Push: Cut the pipe cleaners in half and use a hole punch to make holes in the lid of the container. Let your toddler put the pipe cleaners through the holes and watch their minds think.

Ribbon Wands: Tape ribbons, or streamers to the end of a popsicle stick.

Wikki Stix: I got these from my old work, but I imagine you can find them online.

Crazy Straw Threading: Cut felt pieces into squares (or any shape you want) and cut a hold in the middle big enough for the straw to fit. 
Balloons: Dollar Tree

Hole punch: Teddy Bear punch and hole punch, along with scrap paper. 

Sorting pom-poms: Recycle an old container, cut holes in the top, and buy a size variety of pom-poms. 
Q-tip Push: Cut holes in the lit of the container.

Paper and Stickers: Cut small pieces of paper for your child to write a note or put stickers on. 

Fun coloring toy: Dollar Tree

Velcro Popsicle Sticks: Cut and glue velcro to the ends of popsicle sticks
Safety scissors: Find random items from your house for your toddler to cut. We use paper and ribbon. This activity is recommended for 3+, so please watch your children with these scissors.

Buttons: I found a random tin can with buttons in it, she likes to take the buttons out and line them up, then put them away.

Gack: Dollar Tree
Bead Thread: Pipe cleaner and beads

Balloon Rocket: Balloon, tape, yarn/string. Read this to see how it works. 

Coloring book: Play pack grab and go

Good luck and happy box making! 



  1. These are great ideas! I love it because as she grows, you can change up what is in the boxes but still use them.

  2. Love the idea of having a different box for each day!

  3. These are some awesome ideas! I may have to copy you a bit for Caleb! <3

  4. Great ideas!! Especially love the day-of-the-week tags! :)



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