One common question I get is people asking me what I do with my Teeny Tot while we do school. Well, here’s my answer…workboxes of course! I found my Teeny Tot climbing on the older kids desks and pulling open their drawers and stealing worksheets, so I finally just gave her some boxes of her own with lots of fun colorful and SAFE stuff to get into.
I don’t refill her boxes daily, I try to change them out weekly just because I’m lazy and also she doesn’t always get into them all. But if she’s being particularly pesky I’ll grab a drawer she hasn’t done yet and give it to her.
So with that said, here’s what I put in for this week…
Go fish game: She can use the suction fishing pole to grab the fish and place them into the boat trays. All good motor skill stuff! If you have time you can say the color of each fish she grabs.
Number Peg Cards: These cards are foam and the pegs stack on top of each other and in the cards, another good motor skill game and you can count with them as they put in each peg.
Alphabet Beads and mini-ice cube tray: I found this tray at Bed Bath and Beyond and knew I could use it for something school related! Anyway, these little square beads fit nicely in each hole don’t they? (The links are to Amazon so you can see them, but I found the beads at JoAnn’s for a couple bucks and the tray at BB&B; for about $5)
Leapfrog Fridge Phonics: Okay, this one annoys me because it’s so loud, but hey, no time like the present to start learning those sounds eh?
Wooden Alphabet Puzzle: She doesn’t typically put the letters in the correct spots here, but it’s a good exercise in fitting the pieces in and for whatever reason she absolutely LOVES to do this! (Sorry, I couldn’t find the exact link to this, but I’m fairly sure I picked it up at Target in the Parents Toy Section)
Color sorting bears: Everyone should have these cute little guys! They can be sorted by colors, can be used to make patterns, and for counting. My Teeny Tot just tries to sort them by color while I’m helping. On her own she just drops them into the cups and pours them back out.
Felt Strawberries: I forgot the kids chopsticks in this drawer, see is why I blog, keeps me organized LOL! Anyway, the goal is to put one strawberry in each little cup using the chopsticks, you can also use tongs which can be easier for little ones. Ps: The colorful little bowls are from Target’s kitchen section.
Large Lacing Beads: I found these fun beads, they’re great for patterning and for the Teeny Tot they’re just plain fun and good for fine-motor skill practice. She giggles every time she gets a bead laced!
Do you have any boxes to share this week? Link up below so we can see!