Do you use task boxes in your classroom? These are great items! Task boxes work on motor skills, directional tasks, vocational, and many other. This post is to show some easy-to-make task boxes that are quick and cheap!
A quick and simple task box is a ‘put-in’ task. I purchased containers and clothes pins at Dollar Tree. I put a hole in the lid of the container and put duct tape around it to protect against the edges. Of course, there are picture direction cards included in the box and a small container with the clothes pins. One of my assistants removes the container from the box (we are still working on this skill), and helps to insert the clothes pins in the hole. This is a lot of hand-over-hand for this guy, but he is showing progress! With my other students, they may put the clothes pins in the box or pinch to attach the clothes pins to the outer edge. These clothes pins have years written on them. Therefore, the student must place them in numerical order. Index cards with the years written on them are included. This assists in sorting the years before ordering them.
Another easy task box is hair curlers. The task contains two sets of curlers. One is pink and the other is black. The two pieces are divided into containers. The students are required to connect the two pieces and place it in the ‘finished’ box. Due to low vision issues, for one of my students I separate the different colors. She then completes this as two different jobs. This is a cheap and easy to make task box.
Recently, I purchased five small sewing kits from Dollar Tree. I took a picture of the assembled kit and a picture of the pieces needed to assemble a kit. All of the pieces are dumped into a container. Then, the student uses the picture to determine which pieces are placed in the kit. Another cheap and easy task box idea!
Folding socks. I purchased multiple pairs of socks at Dollar Tree. The socks are different sizes and different colors. They are placed into a container. The students need to sort to match and fold the socks.
One more idea. I think this will be my favorite. For this one, I ordered seed packets from Amazon. Any seed packets will do. Print out a picture for each seed pouch and attach it to the bottom of a piece of construction paper or card stock. Attach another to the opposite side. Then laminate. Do this for each picture. Hole punch the completed pictures and insert in a 3-ring binder. Add a page protector to the front to store the seed packets. Attach Velcro to the top of each page and to the back of the seed packets. Students will, then, match the seed packet to the picture.
Download the free ‘Price’s Produce‘ file attached to this blog. For additional ideas, check out this independent vocational tasks blog! Task Boxes.
These are only a few cheap and easy task boxes. What have you created for your classroom? Share your ideas!