Tuesday, May 10, 2016

My kids don't nap....Quiet Boxes pt. 2

I am SUPER excited about summer break with the kids. I posted the other day about scheduling some "quiet time" in our summer days. I know it will be extremely beneficial to all of us. Don't get me wrong...we will have our curl up on the couch and watch tv together afternoons but these boxes will be great to help them "stay focused" on a task during the summer. #teacherinmemaybe

With that said I do want the boxes to be age/skills appropriate. I have been reading and researching lots of fun ideas...that don't break the bank. ;) When I posted last time I mentioned I would have 5 categories.

1. Books 
2. Coloring/writing 
3. Game/puzzle/blocks
4. Free play
5. Fine motor

1. Books- I am excited to add the library to our weekly routine this summer. It's a goal of mine to read more this summer so it will be perfect outing with the kids. My plan: to let them pick some "free" books that they decide on with no help from me but then I will "guide" them in a certain direction for a few other books. (i.e. correct level/content for each child) I also plan to let them each pick a book on a CD each week. We read a lot aloud to them but I want to really work on them sitting, listening, and comprehending them as well. Wyatt will have a reading test each week using comprehension skills and I think this will help prepare him for what's to come...;) 

2. Coloring/Writing- 

#1-3 These are all 3 workbooks with skill level worksheets. There is anything from tracing, letter/numbers, to write words in these books. They are SUPER reasonably priced as well. (Amazon, Target, SAMS, Costco, and even the Dollar Tree) #4 is plain paper with colors and markers: I plan to only give them a certain number of blank pieces of blank paper on these days because let's be real...they would choose to  "draw" all day long over doing a worksheet. #justbeinghonest #5 Coloring inside the lines with markers that won't get messy every where, plus it's fun to change it up a bit. I won't put #4 and #5 together. #6 another workbook-awesome one BTW #7 I saved the best for last...a Doodle Book...and not just any Doodle Book...the one I used as a kid ;) It's totally still applicable!!! 

3. Games/puzzles/blocks-

#1- A form of character matching
#2 the good ol'Monkeys in a Barrel game
#3 Lincoln Logs
#4 Puzzles
#5 Matching and memory
#6 TinkerToy set

*I will mention there are about 12 weeks in our summer. These are just a few of the ideas I have decided to use. I already had all this at the house. They go through spurts of playing with all of these items. I actually put most of these things "away" for the next 4 weeks so they will be "new" again for summer. It's a easy was to make them feel like they have new toys without spending a dime! ;) 

Also included will be:

#1 train tracks w/trains
#2 Potato head toys and accessories
#3 Marble track 

*These are all 3 activities I plan to create directions for as the summer goes on. For example: I will have pictures and/or words of how to dress the potato heads. I will have a certain shape track I want them to build...etc. but the summer will being with them playing and using their own imagination with them. 

4. Free Play- this is self explanatory. It's free play with anything in their room...that doesn't require them to ask for help. ;) 

5. Fine motor- to be continued...I am creating most of these and am still deciding what is the best way to complete these boxes. 

Do you have suggestions for boxes? Have you made boxes? What do you do during your summer days at home? 


  1. For Fine motor- you could go to a chinese place and ask them for the chopsticks for little kids. They have a rubber band or something on them. You can then have your kids pick up things with the chopsticks, like cotton balls, beads. q-tips, dry pasta noodles, etc. You can also get them games like pick up sticks, or kerplunk.


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