This DIY recycled alphabet and number busy box idea for kids is a perfect quiet time activity and will encourage your kids to work on literacy skills.
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How to Make a Recycled Alphabet & Number Busy Box for KidsI cut letters and numbers off some recycled cardboard boxes a few months ago for the boys to play with. Well, do the boys ever enjoy them!
However, I was struggling with the storage of the recycled letters, hoping to one day find a perfect storage container for them. Up until last week, they were lovingly stored in an old baby wipes container. Then I found this 32 compartment no spill bead organizer at Walmart for $5! It was perfect.
Using a permanent marker, I wrote the uppercase and lowercase letters in each compartment. Since there were some empty spots, I wrote the numbers in too. Some of the numbers had to partner up with another number, but that's not a big deal since I hardly have enough numbers for the box yet. And, more importantly, the boys don't seem to mind.
Then the recycled letters and numbers can be organized into their spots. You'll notice that I am missing some Qs and have very few numbers at this point, but searching for the missing items on our cardboard has been part of the fun. It's like a scavenger hunt for the boys to help me find some letters to fill up the box.
On the lid of the box, as can be seen in the first picture or the picture below, I used my Silhouette Cameo to cut out the words "The Alphabet Box" from gray vinyl.
Update as of December 19, 2013: I have had numerous questions about what to do with this busy box. J loves to just sort letters, spell words, and arrange numbers into patterns. He has also used them as part of his second language learning, which you can read about here. K, on the other hand, loves to match the letters to the corresponding spot in the box and just pick up letters to identify.
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