Story Time

NOT a Box
Submitted by: Terry, Barbara Bush
• Toddler • Pre-school • Schoolage
Not a Box by:Antoinette Portis
To a rabbit with a great imagination, a box is not always a box.
What’s in a Box by:Kelly Boivin
Describes different kinds of boxes and what they might hold.
Harry’s Box by:Angela McAllister
Harry and his dog play with a box imagining it to be all kinds of exciting things.
The Big, Beautiful Brown Box by:Larry Dane Brimner
When kids have a lot of different ideas about how to use a big box and they find out that working together is the best idea after all.
The Birthday Box by:Leslie Patricelli
An imaginative child has a great time playing with a box he receives for his birthday
A Mighty Fine Time Machine by:Suzanne Bloom
An aardvark, an anteater and an armadillo find a large box that they decide to turn into a time machine. The time machine doesn’t work, but the box turns out to be a big success when becomes a bookmobile.
A little box, a bigger box,
A great big box I see.
Let's see if we can count them:
One, two, three!
Boxes, Boxes Everywhere
Boxes, boxes everywhere
Some are long and some are square
Some are short and some are tall
Some so big, inside I crawl
Jack in the Box, from It's Toddler Time by Carol Hammett and Elaine Bueffel
Jack in the box jump up.
Jack in the box jump down.
Jack in the box go hop, hop, hop.
Then you turn around.
What Do I Have in My Box Today?
What do I have in my box today,
Box today, box today?
What do I have in my box today?
It must be a __________. (Fill in the blank)
RHYME - I Had a Little Turtle
I had a little turtle (make fist with thumb sticking out)
Who lived in a box (cup hands together)
He swam in a puddle (wiggle hand back and forth)
And climbed on the rocks (finger climb up other fist)

He snapped at the mosquito (snap)
He snapped at the flea (snap)
He snapped at the minnow (snap)
And he snapped at me! (snap)

He caught the mosquito (clap)
He caught the flea (clap)
He caught the minnow (clap)
But he didn’t catch me! (wag finger back and forth)
Boxes are open ended fun for kids of all ages. Gather boxes of all sizes such as shoe boxes, cereal boxes, juice boxes, etc. Of course big brown boxes always a favorite. You may seal the openings or leave them to the imagination of the child.

For a toddler or preschooler:
You can paint the boxes if they have print and pictures or cover them with paper if you want to provide a blank slate. Provide them with lots of colored shapes of all colors, and markers or crayons. Toddlers will often turn them into building blocks. Preschoolers glue the shapes and imagine them becoming vehicles, buildings, stores, houses, etc. Leaving an opening cut into the side of the box will spark even more imaginative creations. Boxes that are large enough for the child to sit or “hide” in are particularly appealing to this age group.

For school-aged kids:
Supply them boxes of various sizes. Provide tempera paint, colored paper, markers, scrap materials and any tools that you are comfortable letting them use such as scissors and staplers. Larger boxes like packing crates and appliance boxes will provide days of imaginative play. Let them see where their imagination takes them.
Since the craft activity is very open-ended you might allow a little extra time, or allow the children to work on their boxes over a period of days.