I think the key is to change it up all the time to keep her interest. So maybe do a few boxes with different stuff. I had all boys so you might have to change it a bit, but these ideas might spark an idea for you.kimber79 wrote:Hi everyone!
When I start MFW-K in the fall with my son, I want to create a preschool box for my 2-year-old that can be her school box, something that we get out only at school time so she will have some things to do when my son is doing his work. I'm looking for some ideas on what to add to the box if any of you have done this before.
I'm thinking of including crayons, some small notepads for drawing, stickers, a small puzzle or two, small board books, etc. Any other ideas to include that wouldn't be too messy or need too much oversight? Thanks!
A box of cars with a foldable map like thing that had roads and such.
Play dough and a few "tools" - you can change these periodically - tooth pics, plastic utensils, cookie cutters, again rolling cars through to make tracks was a hit here. Can be messy - to help I suggest a small amount of play dough and "tools" at one time. I also found the simpler the better. One son loved play dough so we bought some "cool" things from the store but somewhere too hard to handle and not as much fun.
Those Color Wonder markers that only mark on the special paper are definitely good for no mess.
Connect Four was also a hit. Didn't really play the game, but it was fun to watch and listen to the checkers fall into the slots.
Not so non messy - but my youngest loved beans. Just a small bucket of beans and some spoons, small shovels, any interesting looking kitchen tool and some pots, pans, cups to pour them in. If you spread out a sheet and enforce the rule that it has to stay on the sheet clean up is actually pretty easy.
The thing is your K'er might want to play too. We ran into that sometimes too. Just have to use that as a motivator - when you finish x then you can play cars with your sister for 10 mins. etc.
Well gotta go fix breakfast. Hope you get lots of good ideas.