Consignment Sale Advice

Five Simple DIY Busy Box Themes

GUEST POST: As the mother of a two year old, I don’t know what I would do without busy boxes. Perfect for restaurants, doctors’ offices, play dates, inclement weather and even just ordinary days, a busy box is just what a child needs to keep them occupied. A busy box can be any size, from a shoebox to a large plastic tub, usually determined by the contents. It’s fun to come up with ideas for themed busy boxes, but it’s important to not let shopping for busy box contents get out of hand. Being a super-thrifty mom, I refuse to spend oodles of money on my busy box contents, so I often seek out box contents at places like local consignment shops and sales. It is amazing what deals you can find!

My Top 5 Favorite Themes

Here are my top five favorite busy box themes that are easy to put together with items from consignment sales and shops. In fact, all of the items listed with each theme are items that I have found on consignment and used in my son’s busy boxes.

1. Dramatic Play

Costumes (fireman, doctor, policeman, lion), toy car keys, rain boots, cowboy boots, umbrella, hats, gloves, remote control, fake food, chef hat, neckties

2. ABCs and 123s

Puzzles, books, wooden blocks, flash cards, memory matching cards

3. Making Masterpieces

Paints, paintbrushes, colored pencils, unopened set of crayons, stickers, miniature blackboard and chalk

4. The Great Outdoors

Sidewalk chalk, gardening tools, miniature bucket, shovel, bug catcher, butterfly net, magnifying glass, inflatable beach ball, sports balls

5. Planes, Trains & Automobiles

Cars, trains, wooden train track, engineer hat, toy airplane, remote control car, race flag

Utilizing consignment sales and shops to find items for busy boxes is a great way to be cost-effective and it also helps stir up creativity because who knows what kind of amazing treasure you may find? The possibilities for busy boxes are endless, but to fill them, your budget doesn’t have to be!

Bio: Maria Rainier is a freelance writer and blog junkie. She is currently a resident blogger at First in Education where she writes about education, online degrees, and what it takes to succeed as a student taking a bachelors degree program remotely from home. In her spare time, she enjoys square-foot gardening, swimming, and avoiding her laptop.




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