Lots of Box Activities
Sort your box collection from smallest to biggest. Then ask your child to reverse the order from biggest to smallest.
Use one of the boxes e.g. a cereal box and cut the picture side of it into jig-saw style pieces. Store the jig-saw in a large envelope with an uncut picture of the same type box.
Place shoe boxes on their sides and connect with large paper clips to form houses - one, two or three stories. Your child can decorate the walls of each room with wallpaper samples, add carpet or fabric swatches to the floors. They could make pipe cleaner dolls or cut out pictures of people and glue them to popsicle sticks.
Make a shoe box into a mailbox by painting and decorating it. Make a slit in the lid. Use it for sending notes or pictures from you to your child or from your child to you.
Give your child a box of raisins or candy and ask them to guess how many are in the box. Then empty the box and count them. Talk about fair shares and ask how many each you would have if you shared them equally. Invite your child to divide them up "one for you, one for me ..." Then enjoy a tasty snack!
A toothpaste box makes a great body for an alligator. Just add green paper legs, jaws and a tail.
Skills: Beginning mathematics skills, small muscle co-ordination, creative thinking, counting, estimating, dividing, imaginative play