Creative Child

The Early Learning Box

by Jenna Gleason

Make this inexpensive parent-child game for your little one. This kids learning box is an all-in-one fine motor montessori activity for preschool and kindergarten kids! Customize the categories of your child’s box to their needs to exercise hand-eye coordination, classification, sorting, recognizing shapes and colors.


Shoe Box With Lid

White Paper


Foam Paper


Wooden Shapes

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  1. Wrap your shoebox and shoebox lid in white paper. Make sure they are wrapped separately so the lid is removable.
  1. Draw the shapes, colors and activities you choose on the lid of the box (i.e. draw the shapes you have, list numbers or shapes you want your little one to put in a slit).
  1. Next, cut out your drawings. Once everything is all cut out, color, outline and label your activities.
  1. Make your pieces; cut out the shapes you want using foam paper. Cut your straws into lengths of 3-5 inches.
  1. Place the lid on the shoe box and give this homemade learning box to your little one to start working on the activities!

Jenna is a staff writer and production assistant at Creative Child Magazine. She is currently attending University of Nevada - Las Vegas.

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