Size sorting box: where have you been all my life?!
Quick – gather your supplies. You need a container with a lid and a razor blade. That’s it and you’ve got a size sorting box and one VERY happy toddler.
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I call these “drop box” activities and they are magical.
Drop box activities are basically the magical unicorn rainbow activities in my life.
I cannot thank them enough for the minutes of independent playtime they’ve given me throughout the years. I’d say “hours” but it’s toddlers and let’s be realistic.
Here is a laundry list of the drop box activities we’ve made in the past:
- Pom Pom Push
- Card Slot Drop
- Crayon Push
- Sorting Drop Box
- Pom Pom Pushing Container
- And now the Size Sorting Box
People. You need to make a size sorting box.
It’s just about the easiest activity to put together too.
Here’s the 411 on how to do it:
- Container with a lid
- Razor blade
- Sorting supplies (I used markers, crayons, tooth picks)
Take the lid to your container and measure the three (or more) items that your child will be sorting. I traced around them to give myself a rough goal.
I didn’t cut the holes perfectly but they were good enough to make this a great activity.
Why do I love this activity so much?
1. Because my toddler did.
He’s 2.5 and loves sensory activities. This was longest he’s ever played with a NON-sensory activity in his life. No jokes. He giggled and laughed and has loved this “toy” for two weeks now.
It’s been a game changer for him.
Independent play doesn’t come easily for him but this gave him 20 minutes on his own. That’s just such a big deal in his life.
2. He’s learning so much doing this.
Sorting size box is fun…and learning?
Yes! Learning should be all hands-on and all play-based at this age, and that’s exactly what happening here.
With this simple activity, Matt is:
- Working on size vocabulary
- Fine motor skills
- Hand-eye coordination
- Visual discrimination
This little activity that takes seconds to set up is doing a whole world of good in my son’s life.
Making this activity was every thing I hoped it would be!
My two-year-old needed a win.
And boy was this ever a win for him! It gave him a chance to be really truly successful with an activity (and a not-sensory-one to boot).
Isn’t it amazing how two supplies can make an activity that beats out any toy in the house?
When will you make a size sorting box for your toddler?