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I need to put together some busy boxes for unsupervised times when there is not an activity going on. I can't come up with many ideas yet. My biggest problem is I need items that can't be swallowed or chewed up. That leaves out crayons, paints, buttons, etc... I already have a bug box (everyone loves to chew on the spiders abdomen) a grocery basket, and toy motorcycles (which no one cares about) I have high and low functioning residents and some who walk by and pick things up. so I have to be so careful what i leave out. anyone have any amazing ideas. I could really use some help!

 

thanx bunches

God Bless

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I need to put together some busy boxes for unsupervised times when there is not an activity going on. I can't come up with many ideas yet. My biggest problem is I need items that can't be swallowed or chewed up. That leaves out crayons, paints, buttons, etc... I already have a bug box (everyone loves to chew on the spiders abdomen) a grocery basket, and toy motorcycles (which no one cares about) I have high and low functioning residents and some who walk by and pick things up. so I have to be so careful what i leave out. anyone have any amazing ideas. I could really use some help!

 

thanx bunches

God Bless

 

What about those stress balls that are about the size of a tennis ball that you squeeze on? Or stretchy bands? People could play with those things with minimal potential for injury, I'd think. (And I mean the yellow stretchy bands that are very light resistance.) Glossy magazines with a lot of pictures? Like gardening or cooking magazines, to bring back memories? I'm not sure what level of functioning this is for.

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Those are great ideas. We do the magazines from time to time, but have not tried the stress balls. I'm not farmiliar with the rubber bands though. Where might I find them?

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I need to put together some busy boxes for unsupervised times when there is not an activity going on. I can't come up with many ideas yet. My biggest problem is I need items that can't be swallowed or chewed up. That leaves out crayons, paints, buttons, etc... I already have a bug box (everyone loves to chew on the spiders abdomen) a grocery basket, and toy motorcycles (which no one cares about) I have high and low functioning residents and some who walk by and pick things up. so I have to be so careful what i leave out. anyone have any amazing ideas. I could really use some help!

 

thanx bunches

God Bless

 

Get some of those colored loops that come for weaving. They come in a big bag of all colors. Put them in a pretty tin. Our Residents like to sort them.

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The stretchy bands have to be bought in a big roll and you cut them - ask your therapy department. They may have spare pieces laying around that they would just give you.

 

I also thought of something else - puppets? Simple ones that don't have buttons that could be pulled off. They could be washed easily too.

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We went to Walmart and bought a bunch of wash clothes for residents to fold. Be sure to write activities on them so laundry will return them to you.

We also have small easy block puzzles that they enjoy.

 

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I need to put together some busy boxes for unsupervised times when there is not an activity going on. I can't come up with many ideas yet. My biggest problem is I need items that can't be swallowed or chewed up. That leaves out crayons, paints, buttons, etc... I already have a bug box (everyone loves to chew on the spiders abdomen) a grocery basket, and toy motorcycles (which no one cares about) I have high and low functioning residents and some who walk by and pick things up. so I have to be so careful what i leave out. anyone have any amazing ideas. I could really use some help!

 

thanx bunches

God Bless

 

There are really cool inexpensive squishy balls at stores like the dollar store, family general, I found some medium size soft, brightly colored balls that light up for $3.00. The residents love them, even the high functioning residents get a kick out of them. Once upon a time I had a kitchen sensory box that had cooking magazines, pictures, and items like an apron, wooden mixing spoons, dish clothes, measuring cups, teaspoons, mixing bowl, kitchen timer, all non-breakable. :rolleyes:

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