Materials: One wooden box from local craft store
Paints and paintbrushes
Sandpaper if necessary
Optional: stick on jewels, puffy paint, stickers
Age: 1- 10 years (depending on materials you choose; please note that both the latches on some boxes and the stick on accessories may pose a choking hazard to young children)
Objectives: motor skill development, learning about colors, textures
Potential theme tie-ins: Pirates, deep sea diving/ocean, prince/princess theme, dress-up/costume
Prep an area for painting and make sure your child is dressed head to toe in paint-friendly clothing. (We have special “paint” clothes, shirts, sweatshirts, and sweatpants that we wear to get messy).
If your wooden box has rough edges or surfaces, gently rub with a fine grade sandpaper and wipe the surface with a damp cloth to remove the dust. Let dry completely before painting the surface. Pull out the paints and paintbrushes and the wooden box and let your child paint all sides, interior/exterior of the box.
Let the box dry. Once dry, you can help your child write a message on the box with puffy paint and/or decorate with stick-on jewels or stickers. My daughter, V, uses her box to hold her costume jewelry for dress up. We tied in the Dora the Explorer Pirate Adventure book and television episode about the missing treasure chest for additional fun and learning opportunities. V loves her treasure chest, and pulls out her beads to wear nearly every day!