Friday, March 2, 2012

Toddler Box 1: Buttons

Hi everyone!
This was originally posted over at Mess For Less last week as a guest post, but I wanted to post it over here for anyone that missed it! I've got a whole series of these coming up...get excited! Make sure you check out some of the co-hosts of the Kids Co-op this week, as well.

I've recently started putting together something for Abbey that I have named Toddler Boxes. They are simple, self-contained activities that Abbey can, for the most part, complete by herself. I'm sharing my first one here with you today!
First of all, I found some great little tote boxes with snap-on lids at Hobby Lobby. They are the perfect size for Abbey, and the stack together perfectly so we can store them where she can reach them. Honestly, finding those boxes was the springboard for the whole Toddler Box idea!
I also found these buttons at Hobby Lobby for $5! Woohoo! 
Much better than trying to collect buttons from the sewing section, and they are nice and chunky with nice, big holes. Yes, I realize it says age 4 and up. If you have any reason to believe that your child would put these in their mouth, maybe wait a while before you try out this activity.
The S'getti String was $3 for 50 yards! Seriously, I have no idea what I'm going to do with all of it! I liked it for this activity because it is narrow and flexible enough to fit through the button holes, but it is sturdy, and doesn't fray.
This picture is sideways and I can't fix it...sorry! Blame Blogger!
Abbey loves her buttons!
The first time we played this, she had a hard time and I heard a lot of  "I can't!", but now she's a pro!

How's that for focus?? Haha!
She is so good about keeping the buttons in the box, or picking them back up if they come out. This box is a LIFESAVER at dinner time!

Now...on to the linky party! Check out our co-hosts, they've got a ton of great stuff today! 
Imprints from Tricia
No Time For Flash Cards
Train Up a Child
Caution! Twins at play
Creative Family Fun
Share With A Kid
Scribble Doodle and Draw
The Mommies Made Me Do It
It's A Long Story
Reading Confetti
B.Inspired, Mama!
The Good Long Road
Growing A Jeweled Rose
This post is linked up. Come play!


  1. I remember seeing this post- love it! I need some of those buttons for my little man. Great for so many activities!

  2. This is great! I am always looking for more activities for my 18 month old and I bet she would love this! She is really loving precision work atm.

  3. What a great idea for working on fine motor skills! I'll have to try it with my little guy.

  4. I can remember doing a box of buttons with my two when they were both small. We also had a box of beads they could string, and pebbles/glass beads (like you'd put in a vase) to sort or count or build with.

    This is a great idea!
    Ann @ Suburban Prairie Homemaker

  5. Stopping by from the Weekend Wrap UP Party!!!

  6. Would LOVE it if you could share this on my link party Serenity Saturday

    Natasha xx

  7. such a GREAT idea... abby needs this.. adding to shopping list this week!!!

  8. Great activity! Thanks for sharing at oopsey daisy!

  9. I saw you over at Oopsey Daisey. I love the activity, we just had a preschool assessment and threading was one of the suggestions for us. Thank you for inspiring me!

  10. Wow, I LOVE your toddler boxes! Thanks for your guest post at Toddler Approved (that's how I found you)! We've been trying trays but they are just so darned dump-able! ;-) I'm definitely going to try some of these! Thanks so much!

  11. I'm always looking for easy-for-mom activities for my girls. I think they would love this. Found you on the LLR Blog Hop


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