Saturday, June 22, 2013

Box + Crayons = Zen Activity for Two Year Old

Braden had one of his little {almost} two-year old melt-downs today and he really needed to just "chill out." None of my normal tricks worked for the cranky little booger. Then I plopped him in an empty box {thank you Amazon} with two crayons and some Jack Johnson Lullabies. Total zen moment {45 minutes worth}. Ahhhh! Relaxing for momma too!






Loving the Crayola washable large crayons...they wipe off walls, high-chair trays, etc. SO easily! Braden obviously loves them too! Going to re-name him "Braden and the Purple Crayon."



86 comments:

  1. thanks for this article love it!! x
    Will check out that lullaby cd too

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    1. Thank you for visiting!! And yes, check out that CD! It's wonderful! Xx

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  2. Wow, the picture of your darling boy playing in an empty box was the very first pin I saw today. It must be an empty box kind of day because I also had a moment like this. So thankful for empty boxes and full imaginations!
    http://heathandhome.wordpress.com/2013/07/26/living-with-empty-boxes/

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    1. Thank you for your sweet comments! And thank you for visiting! Yes, love little ones and their HUGE imaginations! Xx

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  4. Sorry. I did not mean to delete that :) I saw your box and crayon activity on Pinterest and just gave it try with a box that arrived in the mail. All I can say is brilliant! It keeps the crayons (and the toddler) contained and entertained! Thanks for sharing.

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    1. Thank you so much Kate! :) Glad your little had fun in his little "coloring hut!" And thank you for visiting my page! Xx

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    2. Oops! His (or HER) coloring hut! ;)

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  5. Thanks for the awesome idea! I actually got something done today. :) Found you on Pinterest and shared this post on my facebook page. (facebook.com/BluewaterRoadKids) Have a good one!

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    1. Awesome! Glad your little one loved it! And will be sure to follow you on FB! Thank you for checking out my blog! Xx

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  6. the picture of your son in the box has gone practically viral :) I saw it about 50 times and today I just decided to try the same tactic. my son is 20 months old and he ALSO loves the Crayola big crayons! LOL Thank you for the post, because I wouldn't have thought of it. (btw I also used an Amazon box! LOL

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    1. Thank you for your sweet comment Vicky! Glad that your son loved the box + crayon trick too! Its definitely been one of our favorite indoor activities in the Texas heat this Summer! :)

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  7. Your son looks so relaxed, the power of art as therapy!

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    1. Agree! A little art + music are total life savers for calming down my cranky toddler :) Thanks for following along!

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  8. What's better that a big box to play with? I know a box with a crayon Genious.

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  9. Tested! My son (really) loves it!!!! And I don't have to worry about my house's walls! :)

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  10. This is such a great idea:) Wanted to let you know I mentioned it in a hint today on why to save holiday gift boxes this holiday season. http://hintmama.com/2013/12/26/todays-hint-a-reminder-to-save-your-holiday-gift-boxes-they-make-great-toys/

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  11. Thank you so much for this fantastic idea! I will have to try this with my daughter. Now, I just have to get me a big box.

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  12. While building our house many years ago, I found an empty box was a great child "sitter", lol. Our then 2 yr old would make it into her own house while we were painting, hammering trim, installing plumbing, etc. One of my favorite photos from that time is of her taking a nap in an empty supply box!

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  13. So simple. So utterly brilliant!
    Thank you for this amazing inspiration Jessie. Your idea got me all fired up and I added a little nerd-up to it for my Toddler Activities for Dads blog.

    If you're interested you can see the fun that my son and I had with your cardboard box canvas idea: http://bigkidlittlekid.net/2014/08/08/cardboard-castle-grayskull-motu-toddler-activities-for-dads/

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  14. i love this so much!! my son was transfixed. also i love how this is blowing up all over pinterest! you're a mom-genius, girl!! xo

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  15. It's good to get them to draw help them build motor skills.

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  16. This is genious! My mom was telling me to do this with my two year old one day. My husband and I thought it was such a good idea we made a whole box fort and made windows and colored and crawled all through it. Such a good family memory. <3

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  18. À tester absolument en classe avec mes loulous de 2 et demi et 3 ans ! Merci pour cette idée ludique et créative !

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