A toddler in a block box makes a super fun learning game!
Providing your toddler a border may buy you a little more time. I say may, because they toddlers. Chances are, they don’t want to sit still. – and they shouldn’t.
But sometimes, I need a minute, and a toddler block box was a great way for me to make dinner.
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Now, it’s not the first time we put our toddler inside the sensory learning box rather than outside of it.
For starters, my toddler will almost always hop in any way.
Allowing your toddler to work inside the learning box provides a border. It will give them a starting place to buy you a couple of minutes as you prepare breakfast.
I use the same bin here as I do to introduce sensory play with my toddler.
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Supplies and Set-Up
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Foam blocks make a great alternative supply! In fact, many toddler toys from this list will also work well!
- Under the bed sensory bin
- Foam blocks
- Wooden block set
The blocks are shown in the picture maybe a little small, so I listed some better options above.
What is my toddler doing?
When I placed my toddler into the learning bin, I had a small stack of blocks for him to explore. I watched him continue to stack by taking a block from the basket and adding it to the stack’s top. What he doesn’t realize is that grasping these blocks is also helping him for future pencil grip!
And oh, the excitement when the blocks came crashing down! That’s an exploration of cause and effect!
When I can see my toddler old growing tired of the stacking and about to exit the learning bin, I took the basked and dumped the blocks inside.
Next, my one-year-old explored transporting the blocks from the learning bin into the basket.
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My toddler is also working on
Repetition serves as building blocks to learning and establishes play patterns.
Crossing the midline
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Making this toddler block box for my toddler was so simple!
What a great idea! You’re right, they’ll just climb in the box anyways so we might as well start there! Hopefully it will help contain some of the mess as well.
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