Trying to Work From Home? Here are 30 Busy Box Ideas By Age Group

If you’re one of the millions of parents currently working from home and getting interrupted every 20-30 seconds, we feel you! Here are our tried and trusted tips and tricks!

best toys for a busy box during social isolation

Adjusting to social-distancing is definitely going to take some time getting used to. From learning how to structure your day with kids while in isolation, to figuring out just how on earth you’re going to have that conference call without the sound of Frozen 2 in the background, we have a lot to sort out.

One of the tried and trusted things we love are busy boxes. Perfect for when parents need a moment to think, breathe, work, breastfeed, shower or simply stare vacantly at the wall, they are essentially a collection of super exciting toys that will keep your tot busy!

Depending on their age, your baby or child may still require a level of supervision. However, these are toys that are intended to keep your child’s attention and concentration for a longer period of time. The goal is to stretch out the time before you’re fully interrupted again.

You should keep your tot’s busy box in a basket or large box out of sight. You can tell them about these special toys, but only take them out to play with on certain occasions so they don’t lose interest. Want to see what our kids love playing with?

Scroll down to see our Busy Box Toy Picks by Age Group!

 

6 – 12 Month Busy Box Toy Ideas

 

PlanToys Sensory Tumbling

 

Sensory toys are going to be your best friend from 6 – 12 months. Anything your baby can explore with their hands and mouths will help them develop a sense of the world around them, prepare them for solids and develop better hand-eye coordination.

PlanToys Sensory Tumbling

 

PlanToys Sensory Tumbling Set

 

$25

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Wee Gallery Color Changing Bath Books Ocean

 

Wee Gallery Color Me Bath Book

 

$12.95

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Wee Gallery Sensory Clutch ball

 

Wee Gallery Sensory Clutch Ball

 

$38

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Wee Gallery Friendly Faces in the Wild Soft Book

 

Wee Gallery Soft Book – Friendly Faces

 

$12.95

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Wee Gallery meadow activity pad

 

Wee Gallery Meadow Activity Pad

 

$38.95

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1 – 2 Years Busy Box Toy Ideas

 

Child playing with the wooden story shape puzzle

 

Now that your baby is beginning to walk (and run), this is arguably one of the more difficult ages to keep busy! You can start to introduce more advanced toys that encourage problem solving and role-play.

 

 

 

 

PlanToys Shape Sorter

 

PlanToys Shape Sorter

 

$15

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Wooden Story Natural Shape Puzzle

 

Wooden Story Natural Shape Puzzle

 

$40

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BabyNoise Wooden Double Maraca in Natural & White

BabyNoise Double Maraca

 

$18

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Myum Natural Kit AW19

 

Myum Vegetable Set

 

$115

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2 – 3 Years Busy Box Toy Ideas

 

PlanToys Sand Play Set

 

It’s no secret that toddlers are pretty much the definition of ‘on the move,’ which is why you’ll want toys that will make them stop and think! Try giving blocks, puzzles, and role playing toys. We find giving directives like – ‘see if you can make a village with those blocks’ or ‘see how many times you can solve the puzzle’ or ‘Can you set up a hospital for all of your stuffed animals?’ is helpful!

If the weather is warm, try setting up a play station in the sandbox, while you catch up on work emails!

Uncle Goose ABC Blocks with Wagon AW19

 

Uncle Goose ABC Blocks

 

$58

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Moulin Roty Docotr Set

 

Moulin Roty Doctor Valise Set

 

$40

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Mudpuppy Rainbow Friends 4 Layer Wood Puzzles

 

Mudpuppy 4 Layer Wood Puzzle

 

$17.99

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PlanToys Sand Play Set

 

PlanToys Sand Play Set

 

$30

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Petit Collage Magic Drawing Board

Petit Collage Doodle + Draw Elephant

 

$35

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3 – 4 Years Busy Box Toy Ideas

 

Big Future Toys Earthtiles

 

From ages 3 – 4, attention spans are getting much better so creative and problem solving play can last longer. Kids are also less likely to parallel play at this point and engage more meaningfully with each other. Try providing toys that are challenging, versatile and fun to play with solo as well as with a sibling.

 

 

TWEE Boxed Planets Chalk

 

Twee Mason’s Planet Sidewalk Chalk

 

$39

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Make Me Iconic Tea Set Extension

 

Make Me Iconic Tea Set

 

$54,99

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Olli Ella Play N Pack Fairytale AW19

 

Olli Ella Pack N Play – Fairy Tale

 

$29.95

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Olli Ella Play N Pack Forest AW19

 

Olli Ella Pack N Play – Forest

 

$29.95

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4 – 5 Years Busy Box Toy Ideas

 

Make Me Iconic Healthy Tummy Breakfast Tray

 

By the age of four, your child is becoming increasingly independent, which means crafts like playdough don’t require a Hazmat team to clean up! They’re also in the peak imaginative play zone. While you may need to help them get started on a magical adventure in their room or backyard, their own little minds will handle the rest!

 

Make Me Iconic Healthy Tummy Breakfast Tray

 

Make Me Iconic Healthy Tummy Brekkie

 

$74.99

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Floss and Rock Deep Sea Shark Shaped Jigsaw 80 Piece

 

Floss and Rock 80 Piece Jigsaw Shark Puzzle

 

$36

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Dough Parlour Collectors Set

 

Dough Parlour Collector Set

 

$79

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Modern Blocks Memory Game

 

Modern Blocks Memory Game

 

$35

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Petit Collage Best Friends Magnetic Dress Up Play Set

Petit Collage Magnetic Dress Up – Best Friends

 

$24

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Petit Collage Superheroes Magnetic Dress Up Play Set

 

Petit Collage Dress Up – Superheroes

 

$24

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Lunii My Fabulous Storyteller

 

Lunii My Fabulous Storyteller

 

$79.90

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5 – 6 Years Busy Box Toy Ideas

 

Girl Playing with Modular Robotics Discovery Set

 

Many kids around this age are probably missing getting to be in kindergarten or a more formal school setting, so providing toys that are educational and exciting are a must! Craft activities like lacing are great for honing fine motor skills, which are important for writing.

 

Modular Robotics Discovery Set with Box

 

Modular Robotics Discovery Set

 

$139.95

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Gardenuity My First Garden Set

 

Gardenuity My First Garden

 

$98

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Moulin Roty Explorer Set

 

Moulin Roty Explorer’s Case

 

$65

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Petit Collage Decoder Puzzle Monster Jam AW19

 

Petit Collage Decoder Puzzle

 

$18

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Bajo XL Dominos

 

Bajo XL Dominos Set

 

$147.50

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