IMG_6399I became intrigued by busy books, walls and boxes while perusing crafts and DIYs on Pinterest. I wanted to make one for my son but I really did not know how and when I researched examples I did not find anything that I liked. The only thing I could do was pin different boxes I found on Pinterest, this way I could save different ideas and maybe come up with my own.

I took several trips to Michaels in which I bought all kinds of miniature things that could go into the box, I still was not sure how to make one.

It wasn’t until I bought a set of small forest animals that I became enlightened by all kids of ideas for a forest setting.

Take note…buy the toy animals or people first and then you can build the environment accordingly.

I found the box on Amazon, I wanted something durable and that can be transported easily during trips, I guess a lunch box and small suitcase can do the same.

This is the list of all the materials I used, pretty much everything was bought from Amazon, if I’m not mistaken only the rocks were bought from Michaels.

  1. 30 5″ Squares 100{5f1d8eb2f7b1af66c1d7bc9ceb2aa281d02126e533e6634aa35bc96f7c5bd413} Wool Felt Americana Colors Charm Pack
  2. Beacon Adhesives Felt Glue, 4-Ounce
  3. Safari Ltd Nature TOOB – Comes With 12 Different Hand Painted Figurine Models Including Gray Wolf, Moose, Raccoon, Beaver, Rabbit, Black Bear, Cardinal, Cougar, Bald Eagle, Fox, Buffalo, and Doe
  4. WINOMO 20pcs Model Trees
  5. Miniature Landscape Scenery Train Railways Trees Scale 1:100 Dark Green
  6. Cargo Cool Euro Suitcases, Soft Green, Set of 3
  7. Grass Mat 12″X50″-Medium Green

I wasn’t sure the direction I was going to take so I started with the grass mat, I used Mod Podge to glue it to the inside of the suitcase.

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After placing several trees (I used a glue gun to get them to stick to the grass mat) I saw that this scenery was missing a lake, using the felt squares I sewed a lake, basically a blue circle with green stripes of felt to hold it up, I put some more trees around it.

IMG_6303Oh yeah, I also ordered some tiny flowers and I hot glue them to the mat as well, I didn’t have any bushes but if you cut the entire trunk of a tree it looks like a bush.

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Now on the inside of the box I poured the rocks, they are loose so they go everywhere when the suitcase is closed and carried around. I guess I could have glued them but I wanted to leave them free so my son could also play with them (note the rocks are very small and my son is 5, I would not recommend this for a child younger than 3)

More items were missing, I sewed a cave with the brown felt squares, an hollow dead tree and another hollow tree on the ground.

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The end result came up better than I imagine, well the little animals help the whole thing look great. My son loved it, he plays quietly, I caught him very interested playing over the weekend.

If you have done one or need help constructing a busy box like this one leave a comment bellow, I’ll be happy to share more of my experience.

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I’ve had the pleasure to witness dozens of young lives grow and evolve in the past 15 years. The more I work with children the greater is my conviction that young lives are the key to our progress and evolution. Early childhood isn’t a glitch in our lives, it isn’t a bare memory that will fade eventually nor is the equivalent of a 5-year rule that life will start over after kindergarten. Early childhood is the time where brand new minds open up to understand this world. Children are hungry, they are born hungry, from the moment they take their first breath and remain hungry for the next 5 years. Our children are hungry for understanding, knowledge, they are hungry to understand social-emotional situations, themselves and others.

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