Do your kids love busy boxes or busy bags? They will surely love this Zoo busy box! It was so easy to make and provides hours of open-ended fun and learning.
Firstly, I have to confess that I took an easy route since I could not find any felt animals to buy. I did not feel creative enough to make my own, so, I used stickers, and stuck them onto felt as an alternative! (Also see THESE ones from Amazon.)
Materials you need:
- Lunch box
- Zoo felt animals Or Zoo stickers
- Play trees, rocks etc.
A plastic lunch box with a lid was used and lined with various colors of felt, green for grass, blue for water and brown for field/ground.
Then, the stickers were stuck onto felt and cut out. I tried to keep the shape of the sticker so it looked neater.
Being realistic, I realize these stickers will not last for a long time, so I *will* find some felt zoo animals soon and swop them out?
As easy as that! Now the zoo busy box is ready to be played with! It can be arranged and re-arranged. Stories can be made up…The kids can play with it during quiet time, travel time, waiting times…
A busy box like this is not just for fun, it teaches children about zoo animals, the names of the animals, which habitats they live in, counting the animals, pairing the type of animals together in “cages” etc. Incidental learning at its best!
Would your child like to play with a zoo busy box? Perhaps he/she will make then also like our whole collection and it can be found HERE!
More Zoo themed activities:
FROM LEFT TO RIGHT:
Editable Name Puzzles // Playdough to Plato
It’s a Zoo Graphing Game // Stay at Home Educator
Zoo Themed STEM Activity // Sara J Creations
Interactive Animal Alphabet Flashcards // Science Kiddo
Zoo Sight Word Book // Still Playing School
Zoo Small World Busy Box // Play and Learn Every Day
Zoo Animals: Tracing Lines // Liz’s Early Learning Spot
Letter and Number Matching Puzzles // The Simplified Classroom
Zoo Pom Pom Mats // Fairy Poppins
Invitation to Make Dear Zoo Small World // Adventures and Play
Zoo Themed Counting Clip Cards // Schooling a Monkey
Zoo Number Puzzles // The STEM Laboratory
Zoo First to 20 and First to 50 Math Game // A Dab of Glue Will Do
Do check out this Farm themed busy box idea, perfect for spelling, matching and fine motor skills!
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