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I love finding new ways to engage and delight my children. I recently thought of a fun and interesting provocation, so today I’m going to take a few minutes to share it with you.

Boxes. We have lots of them. Little, colourful, different shaped boxes that we’ve been storing with hopes that maybe we’ll reuse them one day.

However, I decided to take these little boxes and fill them with simple “surprises”.

There are so many ideas to keep infants and toddlers busy! Check out this brilliant and inexpensive activity idea to do with your baby today!

I put them on the table and let my toddler explore. She loved this and had spent so much time opening and closing these little boxes. She’ll also take the initiative and put new items in the boxes too (I found a pair of socks in one).

Check out this simple and fun infant/toddler activity! Playing with boxes! #kidsactivities Click To Tweet

ITEMS FOR THE BOXES

If you choose to do this activity, here are some ideas for what you can put in your little boxes:

  • pine cones
  • rocks
  • scarves
  • ribbons
  • large pom poms
  • bells
  • mittens
  • large bottle caps
  • leaves
  • a small cup
  • baby spoons
  • extra-large buttons
  • keys
  • spools
  • yarn

So simple to prepare and so much fun!

Make sure that the items you put in your boxes are safe for little hands and mouths!

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Jennifer Bly
Author of My Kitchen, My Classroom: An Introduction to Homeschool and creator of The Deliberate Mom. Jennifer writes about parenting, homeschooling, her faith, and life with her husband and two girls. Jennifer has a Bachelor of Applied Human Service Administration Degree with a specialization in Early Learning in Child Care.
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