How to Make a Feely Box for Toddlers

by Samantha Kemp, Demand Media
    Your toddler will love the soft feel of feathers hiding in a feely box.

    Your toddler will love the soft feel of feathers hiding in a feely box.

    Toddlers love to investigate the items around them. It helps them figure out how things work in the world. A feely box takes advantage of a toddler's natural curiosity while giving him the chance to develop fine motor skills. He will be able to reach into the box and feel a variety of textures that will help develop tactile perception skills. This inexpensive activity can keep your toddler engaged for hours and you can make it by using common items found in your home.

    Items you will need

    • Box
    • Pencil
    • Box cutters
    • Craft supplies of choice
    • Objects with different textures

    Step 1

    Acquire a box that is large enough for your child's hand to fit through. A shoe box or tissue box are both appropriately sized to construct a small feely box. You can also use a cardboard box that is the size you want. Smaller boxes will allow your child to more easily access the items inside while larger boxes will allow you to place more objects inside.

    Step 2

    Trace a round hole with a pencil on the box that is large enough for your child to fit his hand through.

    Step 3

    Place the blade of a box cutter at a point on the traced hole. Trace the box cutter around the hole to cut the removed area. Check for any sharp points and cut them from the hole.

    Step 4

    Cut fabric sleeves from an old shirt if you are using a large cardboard box instead of a shoe or tissue box. Place a sleeve through the hole in the box so that the shoulder area is lined up with the inside of the hole. Glue the sleeves to the box around the hole. This strategy will stop your toddler from being able to peer inside the box and see the objects.

    Step 5

    Decorate the box to add some creative flair to it. Paint the box, glue colorful poster board to it or adhere contact paper around the box. Have your child help decorate the box — trace her hand print on construction paper and glue the shapes to the box. An alternative is to dip her hands into paint and then press to the box — an experience that will give your child a sensory experience before the project is even completed.

    Step 6

    Add objects with different textures to the box, including objects with textures that will surprise your child — sandpaper, small pine cones, a baby rattle, rocks, slime, feather boas, sponge, silk fabric, food items and so on. These items provide a variety of textures that will keep your toddler guessing.

    Warning

    • Don't include any items in the box that are choking hazards since toddlers are notorious for sticking things in their mouths.

    About the Author

    Samantha Kemp has been writing professionally since 2009. Her articles specialize in personal finance, weddings, family, education, travel and entertainment. Kemp holds her Bachelor of Arts in economics and business from Hendrix College, as well as a Master of Arts in teaching from the University of Arkansas.

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