Discovery time

Perhaps the title of today’s post should be renamed as “How I managed to occupy Bugs for five minutes or so”. But that’s kind of a mouthful for a title, don’t you think ?

We had a bit of time this morning before heading out for the day. Bugs was clearly in the need for some entertaining and it was too early/ convenient to just flick on the telly. So I decided to build her a discovery box.

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“What’s that?” you say. Well in a nutshell it’s a box (or in our case plastic container) where you fill it with a variety of objects for the little one to explore with you interfering as little as possible. I’d picked up the idea from reading a post from one of our playgroup moms whose also a keen blogger herself (Check out her fabulous blog here)!

So back to my discovery box, I scrambled this one in five minutes – some crinkled aluminium foil and an assortment of objects laying around the house. It occupied Bugs for two minutes. Yes you read it right – two minutes.

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So I decided to try again -build a more interesting box, maybe this time it will have more staying power? My second discovery box included some pasta shapes, Pom Poms, foam shapes and of course, yarn.

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This time, Bugs seemed a bit more interested in exploring the contents of the box…

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She took her time to study the objects, including picking up the little pasta shapes that were right at the bottom…

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And handing a few shapes to me to have a closer look too.

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This second box kept her occupied for a good ten minutes before something else caught her eye.

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Hmmmm I think I’m getting the hang of this discovery box thing , just need to brainstorm some more items that might interest Bugs. Maybe a trip to the craft store might be needed in the near future?

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