Many people have asked me how I occupy my littlest ones while I teach my kindergartner. I thought I would share our preschool boxes with you. I use these while I’m doing reading and math activities with my oldest.
I purchased the toddler package from My Father’s World last year. I am using many of the items from that package, plus several other items I already own to put the boxes together.
The bins I am using came from Walmart. I have tried to use a variety of items in each box. A couple of the boxes are geared toward my toddler, and the others are geared more toward my four-year-old.
I have two boxes geared specifically for my one-year-old. They are fairly simple. He loves the shape and color sorter and the Number Express stacker peg puzzle. I also include large puzzles like the Melissa and Doug butterfly puzzle and favorite board books in his boxes.
My four-year-old’s boxes include counting bears/cups with number mats, other preschool math games that I printed off and laminated. Dry erase capital letters work book/marker, ice cube tray with pom poms and clothespin for transfer, other puzzles/books, magnetic ABC/magnetic dry erase board, and I plan to add an old grated cheese container and pipe cleaners.
My goal is to put the boxes together without spending a lot of money buying supplies, so I am using items we already own, plus any fun little games I can get as free printables and laminate.
Other Ways to Occupy the Little Ones
My main goal is to keep the little ones quietly entertained in our schoolroom while I work with my oldest.
Our play kitchen is located in our schoolroom. My kids love to “cook” while I’m schooling.
What are some your tips for keeping preschoolers and toddlers entertained during schooltime?