Busy Box Organization

These Fun Preschool Learning Boxes are a must in our home.  I have 5 storage containers I use, and I switch out the contents of the box periodically.  There are a few ways to go about assembling the boxes.  

1.  Specific types of toys/activities in each box.
2.  Mix it up.  Label the boxes by day and in each box include a variety of toys.

To see what is currently in our boxes watch the video below.  If you want to see each time we change them out, let me know, and I will update and film more when we switch.  Below I am also going to link to a number of products/items that work well in busy boxes.

When picking busy box items I try to keep a few things in mind.

1.  I want the toys to be independent.
2.  I want the toys to not make a mess.
3.  I want the toys to not have batteries or make a lot of noise.
4.  I want the kids to like them!
5.  I usually try to mix in some homemade things as well, which I didn't do this time.  I will sometimes add egg cartons with craft pom poms to use for sorting, or beads with pipe cleaners for stringing.

Also remember I am making these for my 4 and 6 year old.  If you have smaller children keep in mind that some cubes, beads, and other learning materials can be small and a choking hazard.  


  1. I need these for 19month old! Would love for you to come over and share at our link party The Weekend Retreat it just started! http://mommyondemand.com/weekend-retreat-link-party-51/

  2. Anonymous24.1.14

    I love these - thank you for posting your list of activities! For my three year old, we have a boxes with: duplos, blocks & marbles, k'nex (big), kitchen (tea set and kitchen play set items), wooden blocks, books, vehicles. I ask him which box he'd like to play with and he plays on my bed while his little brother naps in their room. I also give him a tray to build on. I love listening to him create and play with the items (quietly, of course!)!

  3. I Co hosted last week's Fluster's Creative Muster Party! Thanks for linking up!!


  4. great tips. Thank you for sharing at the Thursday Favorite Things Blog Hop .Sorry I am slow to comment. I look forward to seeing what you share this week. Big Hugs

  5. This is a great idea for the little ones. My kids are all grown now but I used to do something similar for car trips. Thanks for sharing this at What We Accomplished Wednesdays! Have a super week!


  6. This is such a great idea! Thanks so much for the inspiration!
    Ang, Juggling Act Mama

  7. I love to see these kinds of posts! My girls are 2 and 5, but I am always on the lookout for new activities and ways to organize all the toys!

  8. What a fantastic idea! Pinning for future use for my baby girl :)