"How do you make all your work boxes?" I get this question a lot from people who come into my classroom. For me, making work boxes has become almost an obsession. Everywhere I go, I look for things I can use in a box! I am addicted to dollar stores and dollar sections of stores. I love going to the hardware store and roaming the aisles. I spend an inordinate amount of time looking at items and wondering, "did a person have anything to do with packaging/making/coallating that?"
Ok, so here's a picture of last weekend's dollar tree trip. Actually, to be honest, this was trips to 3 different dollar trees. Yes, you can visit 3 different dollar tree's in one day and yes, you can make purchases at all 3!!! :)
As you can see, I purchased a wide array of items. I love, love, love the small containers with lids. I use these as packaging containers in multiple boxes. I got a few puzzles, which will go into our leisure section. The bowling ball games became a color matching and packaging activity. The pencil erasers, grips and sharpeners went into a pencil assembly task. The ice trays became a sorting activity. The color pencils became a color pencil package activity. The regular pencils (which are packaged as 5 each of 5 different colors) became a pencil package activity. There are small beads in there that are used for a bead pattern activity. The fall stickers are used for arts or for fine motor.
The way I choose tasks really depends on my kiddos at that time and my mood. I try to look at items and think "is that something someone would ever have to package or make?" Sometimes the answer is yes and I make sure to purchase that. Sometimes the answer is no, but I know it can address some target skills (following a template, following written directions, counting, fine motor, etc) sos I purchase that. Sometimes it is no, but it's just pretty, so I either purchase if I'm feeling the addiction, or I skip it! :)
Here are pictures of some of the finished boxes I made from the above materials.
Pencil Pack - Students package 20 pencils into a box. Higher kiddos can follow the visual above and kiddos who need a little more support follow the visual to the left.
Color Pencil Pack - Students follow the visual cue card to package one of each color into their box.
Bowling Pack - Students follow the template to package a mini bowling ball set
Color Pack - Students follow the color template to place pom poms into a small container with lid.
Bead Pattern - Students follow the picture cue to put beads on in a certain pattern.