Preschool Work Box or Busy Box

A sneak peak into our first daily busy box and how we will use it during the day!

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Encouraging independent and quiet play in a simple box!

A special busy box just for him with something new and different to try! What could be better than that to encourage independence, a sense of accomplishment and maybe a few minutes of quiet play and learning! Change the activities daily or create a few different boxes to switch around!

Why make a busy box or work box?

My take on parenting was initially the reward was in the success of the project or activity and hadn’t wanted to offer external rewards. Sadly, Liam needs far more motivation than the reward of self satisfaction. Therefore, this busy  box will also serve as a way to earn the external rewards he prefers so much. The work box provides a clear structure for a reward system and will hopefully help him complete each item with some interest.


Here’s what’s in our very first work box:

I kept it super simple and straightforward. These are all activities that Liam is familiar with and can do on his own with little direct help. I am hoping that most of the work box can be done independently or with simple prompts or directions to start. Activities with multiple items, I grouped into dollar store pencil bags. Each task or activity is separated as best as possible,  but I will provide dot markers, pencils and crayons in a separate container so he can chose colors if requested!

1. Alphabet wooden puzzle

Great for fine motor skills, task completion and letter recognition


2. Cutting practice bag.

He enjoys cutting straws and I added some leftover cutting strips from our fall themed invitation to practice cutting. You can find them at the Enchanted Schoolroom.

3. Count and clip bag.

I printed out Halloween themed count and clip cards from 3 Dinosaurs Halloween Pack. I added 15 mini clothes pins to the bag. He has done many of these before and enjoys the clothes pins. He also enjoys 1:1 counting some what!


4. Kumon workbook sheets.

I have three books I pull from, coloring, mazes, and tracing. I encourage him to do the mazes and tracing in several different colors each for more practice. We are just starting the coloring book so hopefully this will be easy. Liam is not a fan of any coloring!

5. Dot marker sheet.

This spider web dot marker sheet also from 3 Dinosaurs Halloween Pack looked like fun! Lots of dots to carefully mark 😉

6. Books!

His therapist has been really working with him on looking at books independently, making up stories and looking closely at the pictures. Often if Liam is left to his own devices, he is more than likely going to look through a book than build with blocks. He loves for us to read to him too!

He will receive a star on his reward chart for each activity in the work box. When he completes the work box he will earn a reward. More than likely, he will chose a television show. My goal for the work boxes is to either increase the number of activities or the difficulty level of the activities or maybe a mix throughout the week. I am hoping the work boxes will get more involved and interesting the more we do so that he will be interested in what’s inside rather than just the reward for completing the work box.

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  1. This looks like a great way to promote independence. I’m interested to see how it works in the long run. I really need to set something like this up for my Kindergartener during quiet time so that I can have a bit of uninterrupted time during the day. I would love to see more posts in the future about this workbox and how it works in real life.

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