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Busy boxes can be of any
size. A small 6 qt. box as
shown below is often the
best place to start -
consider it a mini toybox.

Other great ideas for Busy
Boxes are boxes filled
with just books and theme
boxes such as vehicles
and music.
boxes, boxes, boxes
A Busy Box is simply a  box of any size filled with items your child
finds engaging. You can give your child a Busy Box as part of his
evening activities, as a reward, or simply to give yourself a break.

This concept is not limited to boxes - a bag can be used as well.
A back-pack is easy to carry around on a trip or to someone's
house and can be filled with great items to
keep your child busy.
Another way  to adapt this concept is to slip a make-up bag into your purse. Place items in
the bag that will keep your child from
stimming, such as brushes, squeeze balls, and
slinkys. Small coloring books or puzzles are also great additions to the bag especially if
you are going to a restaurant.

Other sensory items include: .Play-Doh, stringy stress balls, a Tangle, sticky hands,
stretchy animals, Silly Putty, Jacob's ladder, klixx.

Toys that will fit in a small box or bag include: prisms, noise makers, mini light-up toys,
spring toys, finger puppets, bouncing balls, gliders, flying toys, water games, Simon Hand
Held, Crayola Mini Wonder, Go Paint Games, mini bowling, Lava products, pinball,
wind-up toys, mini-games, pinwheels, and many, many more . . .

  • Put several lightweight items such as cottonballs and feathers in a zipper bag and show your child how these items can be
    blown across the table or floor. He can blow them with puckered lips or using a straw.

  • Place a shoelace and noodles (ziti or rigatoni) into a zipper bag. Show your child how to string the noodles.

  • mini scenes for use with stickers or punched shapes (print me)

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