Like all kids, Buddy loves boxes! He likes climbing on them, crawling in them, pushing them and now he likes posting things in them!
This is so simple, but it keeps Buddy occupied for up to an hour at a time.
What you need
A strong cardboard box – we got a banana box from the supermarket
A variety of cardboard tubes.
Playing with it
Buddy got the idea very quickly (helped by some rapturous applause and cheering from the Train Driver and myself.)
Where did it go?
Buddy has definitely learned object permanence now. He investigated where the tubes had gone.
The longer tubes take a bit more negotiation to get into the box. This activity is brilliant for developing hand eye co-ordination and motor skills. It also encourages problem solving.
Buddy then extended the play by practising posting his trains.
He even learned how to get the tubes out by himself. Such a clever boy!
Build on it
This activity can be built on in so many ways, because in its basic form it is so simple. For older children it could be used as a colour sorting activity or as a tool to teach letters and numbers.
Not bad for an up cycled box and a few tubes!