Noodle Box

by Sara

On February 14, 2008 I bought a Rubbermaid container and 4 bags of alphabet pasta.  It was our Valentine’s day present for the, then almost-two-year-old, firefighter.  We filled the container with the noodles and several of his favourite construction vehicles and voila, our very own construction site!  Two years ago the total cost for everything was less than $20.

The firefighter, on Valentine’s day, loving the  noodle box.

Two years later we still have the same box and the same noodles.  Although many have been sacrificed to the dog and vacuum. 

The noodle box is a toy that is kept behind closed doors.  I bring it out for the firefighter when I am working.  He will put the lid beside him and take out all the toys he doesn’t want to use.  He will play happily for 30-45 minutes.

The monkey also loves the noodle box but he needs be supervised as noodles usually end up spread far and wide.  I find the fewer toys I leave in the box, the more creative (and less disastrously messy) the play is.

It makes for a great rainy day or “I need 15 minutes to get dinner ready” activity).  We also have a rubbermaid container filled with Moon sand and assorted scooping and digging toys.

Do you have any sensory box activities at your house?

Sara is mom to 4-year-old ” firefighter” and 2-year-old “monkey”.  You can find her at her blog, My Points of View.

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Filed under Activities for kids, Parenting tips

8 responses to “Noodle Box

  1. Teresa

    Simple yet effective. Love it!

  2. Cath

    love that! We used corn meal in a similar container for my daughter – she’d ‘bake’ very happily for ages.

    • I have thought of doing a 2nd box with cooking utensils, play bowls etc for them to play with. I think with winter coming I might finally get around to doing it!

  3. Anna

    I have a very similar box, but mine is filled with rice. In addition to toys, I included some measuring cups and spoons and different size bottles (up to 500ml) and the kids just LOVE when they get to play in it.

  4. Love this! I do home daycare and my own 3 year old is the only non-napper. I’m going to do something like this to pull out for him when he “gets to” play alone in the afternoon. Thanks for sharing.

  5. What a great idea! I wish I thought of that one when my kids were younger. I’m not a fan of Moon sand…it was a cleaning nightmare for me. 🙂

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