Destructive play is an important part of development for babies. From dumping out bins of toys to tearing up pieces of paper, kids are actually learning from these messy activities. My daughter loves to pull things apart, dump out bins and fill them back up. I thought I would try to combine all of these interests into one toy.
How to Make a Destructive Play Box
You can make this simple destructive play “fill and spill” box for babies with things you probably already have at home.
Cut pieces of felt into desired shapes, large enough to not be a choking hazard. My daughter loves flowers and this is something we identify and talk about as we go for walks outside. I thought it was the perfect shape for this project. You could choose to cut out basic shapes, or certain colors, depending on what you like to talk and learn about with your baby.
Cut pieces of Velcro to stick on the back of the felt. Put the Velcro on the felt and on the outside of the plastic container.
Stick the flowers on the container, and you are ready to play!
Playing with a Destructive Play Box
As with any toy, adult supervision is a must. I also often check to be sure no Velcro has come loose and that the parts are not becoming a choking hazard.
I showed my eleven-month-old that the flowers could be pulled off, and that was all it took. She immediately began to pull them off and then stick them inside the container. We opened the container to get them out and I stuck them back on the outside. This project is quick to make, fairly quiet to play with, and self-contained.
Sarah Benton Feitlinger, M.Ed. is a former Preschool-6th science teacher, mom, blogger and science curriculum developer. She is passionate about educating children, and loves anything and everything science! Check out her blog, Share it! Science for fun science activities, lessons, science news, book and learning product reviews and other resources for kids, teachers, homeschoolers and parents.