Welcome to Messy Mama Monday!
Last week was awful! There is no positive way to spin it. I got hit with the virus that is running around town and ended up quarantined to my bedroom for about 48 hours and unable to eat for 4 days. I know moms never have a good time to be sick but 3 weeks before Christmas? Could the timing be worse? Now my house is messy (well, that’s an understatement and being sick is probably not the only excuse for that), our laundry is multiplying exponentially, and I haven’t done any of the fun Christmas activities I planned to do with the girls.
For the sake of Messy Mama Monday I did manage to put one simple activity together to keep Whitlee occupied while I played catch up (unsuccessfully). If you are feeling a little overwhelmed by the season and need a simple activity for your toddler, this one is easy and engaging.
Christmas Beans Busy Box
I love the ease of a Busy Box. Throw a few oddly textured items in a box, stick in some spoons and containers, and turn your toddler loose. I can create all the elaborate Pinterest-worthy activities but what truly holds Whitlee’s attention better than any other activity is the simple concoction of beans, noodles, and kitchen utensils. I try to use seasonally appropriate colors and items whenever possible and Christmas has so many options!
For the Christmas Beans Busy Box you will need:
- clear, plastic shoebox
- Great Northern (white) beans
- sparkly red and green pom poms
- cinammon sticks
- jingle bells (I tied mine on Christmas ribbon for safety)
- assorted containers (small bowl, measuring cup)
- utensils (large spoon, funnel)
What you will do:
Mix the manipulatives together and turn your toddler loose.Okay, you may have to put in a little more effort than that. A key element to the Christmas Busy Box is to offer enough elements to engage but not overwhelm. In most cases less is more.
- Pour the entire bag of beans into the container.
- Add a handful of pom poms to the Great White Northern beans.
- Tie ribbons onto 2 jingle bells. (I recommend making the ribbons long enough to wear as a bracelet but not a necklace for safety purposes.)
- Toss in a couple of cinnamon sticks just for kicks.
- Choose containers of varying size and shape to use in the Christmas Beans Busy Box.
- Add utensils for scooping and pouring.
Shockingly the only component of the Christmas Beans Busy Box Whitlee has taste tested was a bean (I’m so impressed the cinnamon sticks are still hanging in there) but I make sure to keep a close eye on her while she is playing. Also, using ribbons on the jingle bells will help deter attempts to eat them.
Tip: As fantastic as busy boxes are they can get a little messy. I use a plastic tablecloth as a floor cover and just scoop it up and shake it off outside when we are done exploring (unless half the box is on the floor, then I scoop up the contents and stick them back in the box).
Thanks for going easy on me this week (I will post a few better pictures son!) . I have several fun ideas scheduled for this week to make it up to you!
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