Looking to make a busy box for your toddler, but really want to avoid plastic? Need some wooden ideas for what to put in your toddler’s busy box? 

You’ve come to the right place! After about a year of searching and compiling, I’ve finally come up with an all wooden toddler busy box

In this post, we’ll tell you what’s currently in our toddler’s wooden busy box, give you tips on how to make the most out of busy bins, and share a few more wooden ideas for toddler busy boxes

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How to Make the Most out of Your Toddler Busy Box

Busy boxes are really a win win. They’re entertaining for toddlers and help mom stay sane

They keep your toddlers away from screens and let mom cook dinner or fold a load of laundry. 

They can even promote fine motor skills, creativity, and problem solving logic. 

But, in order to make the most out of your toddler’s busy boxes, you’ll want to be sure to follow these simple tips: 

  1. Offer ONLY at designated times: Be sure to fill your toddler’s busy box with toys and activities that they don’t have access to at all times. You also want to make sure to be stringent about letting your toddler use their busy boxes ONLY at designated times. This will help hold it’s appeal and keep your toddler’s attention. 
  2. Gear towards your child’s interests: Try to follow your child’s current interests when choosing activities for their busy bins. 
  3. Choose wisely: When picking out items, you’ll also want to consider if you want these busy bins to be more of an unsupervised activity or if you’re okay with watching more closely. Are objects that make noise going to be suitable or do you need quiet activities? 
  4. Rotate: You’ll want to be sure to rotate the items in your toddler’s busy box, so it doesn’t lose its appeal. How often you rotate will depend on how often you’re toddler is using it. 

What's in Our Wooden Toddler Busy Box

Here’s what we currently have in our wooden busy box for our toddler: 

First we have our Tegu Pocket Pouch. These little magnetic wooden blocks are just so much fun. My little ones could play with these for a good hour. 

The fact that they’re magnetic makes them perfect for car rides or airplane activities. Plus, they come in a handy carrying pouch

Next we have our wooden lacing toy. This toy is great for toddlers and preschoolers and really works those fine motor skills, as well as hand-eye coordination.

I can’t find this exact one we have anymore, but there are several of these wooden lacing toys out there to choose from. 

I also try to always include some type of vehicle in our busy bins, as my toddler boy is just obsessed. 

We love the Hape vehicles, as they are easy for little hands to hold. We currently have the helicopter and dump truck, but hope to get the plane and mini van as well. 

My kiddos also love to pretend to cook, so a wooden bowl and spoon was a no-brainer. 

This option is great, because you can easily find these at a local thrift shop if you don’t have any at home already. 

Of course, you could always splurge on some Grimm’s people, but I was actually able to find some plain wooden peg dolls over at Michael’s for just under $5. 

I do plan to paint these, but the kids have really been enjoying playing with them as is already. 

It’s so neat to watch your child’s imagination just explode when playing with these simple wooden toys

Lastly, we have a fun magnetic fishing game that we got on our family vacation to a nearby aquarium. 

My little ones just love “catching” all the different fish and invertebrates and pulling them out to see what they “caught.” 

This game also works those fine motor skills, as well as hand-eye coordination. 

Other Wooden Ideas for Toddler Busy Bins

Here are just a few more ideas for your wooden toddler busy bin: 

What About You?

What’s currently in your toddler’s busy bin? Share your favorite wooden ideas for toddler busy boxes in the comments below and be sure to share this post with other toddler moms and dads. 

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