I made this busy box with Owen a couple weeks ago on a whim. I wanted to make something he could help create and something that would keep him busy while I cook dinner or fold laundry, etc. We wandered the aisles of the craft store looking for something simple that would allow us to use some of the things we already had at home. We picked up a $1 bottle of brown paint, styrofoam balls and a bag of feathers, and our Turkey Busy Box was born!
What I like about this busy box is that I can open it up and let Owen create whatever kind of crazy looking turkey he wants. He can make one with feathers, or one with pipe cleaners and beads, or a combination of both. Both kinds of turkeys help him work on his fine motor skills, and when we're working on it together we can take it a step further and create patterns using the colors of feathers or beads.
Here's a list of what you'll need of you want to pull one together too:
orange and red paper (for eyes and snood)
The first step is to paint the styrofoam balls brown so they resemble turkeys. I set Owen up to do this task one night while I was cooking dinner and he had a lot of fun with it. Painting styrofoam takes a little more time and effort since the paint sinks down into the material of the ball.
Next I used my hot glue gun to add the googly eyes, nose and snood. We pulled everything else together and stored the pieces in bags and our box was ready to go!
We've been doing a little Thanksgiving reading at home too. I've had this book, Celebrating Thanksgiving: Giving Thanks Learn to Read Holiday Reader, since I taught kindergarten. I like the way it parallels what our modern Thanksgiving looks like compare to what the pilgrims first Thanksgiving may have been like.
Most of our turkeys end up looking pretty goofy, but we always have a fun time making them! The activity keeps Owen busy and entertained, and it's something he can do on his own without my assistance. It can get a little messy, especially with the beads everywhere, but it's not hard to clean it up when we work together.
I made this Portable Road Playset for Owen a few years ago and he still has fun with it when I pull it out! I think the novelty of something he doesn't get to play with often is what he likes about them so much! I'm hoping to create a few more non-holiday boxes that can entertain him while I tend to his baby brother.
Have you made any busy bags or boxes for your children? I'd love to hear more about them in the comments below!