The Color Box Game

Most parents will tell you that one of the most favored toys in the history of childhood is a cardboard box. You can purchase the most flashy expensive toy on the market, and the box will hands down be the highlight of a child’s experience.

Lucky for us we purchase many of our groceries from Amazon’s subscribe and save store, which is really great in that it makes life significantly easier (and cheaper). I say we’re lucky because we have a toddler in the house, and it leaves us with an…Amazon…of cardboard boxes in the garage. In the back of my mind I’m always considering how I could use our ever growing collection of cardboard, and I’m well aware there are plenty of activities that can utilize those boxes. Everything from forts to pretend vehicles of various sorts, they are certainly the easiest way of keeping my son entertained.

With our latest delivery of Amazon groceries coming in yesterday, I’ve revisited the possibility of using the boxes for a new activity. I’ve also been thinking of new ways to encourage color recognition, as he’s starting to show some understanding in that subject.

And that’s why we now have the color box game in our house.

Cardboard boxes. Practice with color recognition. Gross motor activity. Spacial awareness. It’s a really great game that we spent a full hour playing today (and then another fifteen minutes after nap time).

The set up is pretty simple. To make the die, take a small box and wrap it in white paper (I used the reverse side of wrapping paper). On each side of the die use a marker to make a large colorful dot, with the name of that color written above it.

Find 1 large box for each color. Offering a variety of different shapes and sizes creates a more interesting challenge. Cut off the top flaps of each boxes, and tape down construction paper to the floor of the boxes. Arrange the boxes so that they are all standing beside one another.

The game is simple. Have the child roll the die, and climb into the box matching whatever color it lands on!


Rope and Noodles

My son is entering into a stage where his fine motor development has crossed into a whole new level. It’s surprising to me just how much he is able to do these days, and I’m starting to wonder what little things I could do to encourage him.

Puzzles are an everyday thing. Blocks are a favorite game. Eating in and of itself is a motor development activity.

But I wanted to get creative, so I went ahead and put together my own little toy for him. The best part? It is super, super cheap. All you need is one pool noodle (which you can find at the dollar store most likely. Depending on the season). Cut the noodle into a bunch of little “O”s. The only other thing you’ll need is a piece of rope, and there you have it.

Babies and toddlers love these sorts of activities. My son sat on the floor  stringing the “O”s through the rope for a good half-hour, while I sat on the side lines cheering him on.