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Unplug Your Kids: Containers (with a Tot Tool bonus!)

5 Jul

The theme for the Unplug Your Kids challenge this week was container… and I knew right away what I wanted to do.  Every time we go to the craft store, the kids (JediBoy especially) are eying the plain wooden boxes and thinking of a million ways they would be fun!

So we spent about $10 at the craft store buying 4 boxes – a large, flat one for JediBoy and three small boxes for BabyGirl: a triangle, a circle, and a square.  I pulled out some paint and some brushes as well as a box of small stick-on foam shapes, and we were ready to go.

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JediBoy painted his box gold – when the paint was wet it looked murky and dull, but as it dried, the sparkle and sheen of the gold really came through.

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After it was mostly dry, he added some details on the top.  He says he’s going to use it for treasures. This was a simple & enjoyable craft for him and he’s thrilled with the end result.

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Originally I thought I’d let BabyGirl independently paint and sticker one wooden box too, but the selection of boxes at the store gave me a little inspiration.

I worked with BabyGirl (mostly hand-over-hand) to base paint the three boxes: we made a red triangle, a yellow circle and a blue square.

When the paint was dry, we sat together at the table for a long time. I would choose a small foam sticker, ask her what shape it was, have her find the matching shape box and stick it on. We did 10 stickers of each kind so that I can use these for a little counting practice too.

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Once the boxes were finished, we looked around the room and found two things of each shape to put inside the boxes… with plenty of room for more!

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Now we can use these boxes to talk about colors, count to 30, sort objects by shape, go on a shape scavenger hunt, and more. BabyGirl loves to put things in bags and boxes (like her Rainbow Bags that we use to talk about color) and these boxes are already a favorite!

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I love it when one small idea turns into something even better!