Preschool pizza box games

by Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. on October 4, 2011

in Activity Boxes, Pizza Box Games, Pizza Box Games, Pizza Box Games

Pizza boxes are such a wonderful resource for the classroom.  I am constantly cutting one up to see what kind of game or activity I can make with it…

I don’t always have a specific plan for each box. I like to make them all different then set out different types of tokens, like the tokens we gather on math day,  or other items like cardboard rectangles. The first box I am sharing with you today is a cardboard slot box…

To go with the slot box, I cut up card board rectangles then painted one side of each rectangle just to add some color. The children put the cardboard pieces in the little slots on the box…

For this next box, I cut little doors and hot glued lids on the front for “door knobs”.  I set out lids that match the lids on the box for the children to sort. This is one of their favorite boxes…

Some children just put the lids in any door they like – others take the time to find the matching door…

I also made a game box using Velcro and foam blocks. These are the same blocks I used to make ink stamps with earlier this year.  For this game, the children can make patterns with the blocks or simply arrange the blocks on the pizza box and then drop some of the blocks inside the holes.  This is also a favorite game the children enjoy…

Next time, I will just use velcro and possibly include one hole. What the children liked most was putting the blocks on the velcro.  Oh, and I hot glued the Velcro on both the box and the foam blocks so the the Velcro would stick on better and last longer…

And this last game box I am going to share with you today is a weaving game box.  I cut slits in the box and set out ribbon for the children to weave through the slits…

I will definitely be making more weaving boxes.  I got in a little hurry with this one so my lines are all crooked and I made the spaces to wide too.  I would also like to make a square slotted weaving box…

My students liked tying the ribbons into knots around the weaving box too. Perhaps this should be called the weaving and knot tying box…

Before cutting into any of the boxes, I covered them with colorful contact paper I bought from Staples Office Supply.  I store the supplies for each box in a baggy and tuck the baggies inside the boxes when they are not in use. They all stack up nicely when I need to put them away.  These boxes will be brought out periodically for the children to explore.  We will use them to build fine motor skills and math skills such as patterning, sorting, and matching. I will share more boxes at a later time but this should give you the idea and perhaps will inspire you to come up with some of your own!

Any thoughts on this you care to share?  Leave me a comment below!

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1 Vanessa @Pre-K Pages October 4, 2011 at 7:12 am

I love, love, love the pizza box games! Opening the little doors looks like such fun :) I like the idea of using colored contact paper to cover the boxes.

2 Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. October 4, 2011 at 7:15 am

Thank you Vanessa:)

3 Amber October 4, 2011 at 7:53 am

Cute ideas…love the one with lid “door knobs”. Where do you get your pizza boxes…do you have a family member of a student who works in the pizza industraty that donates them? Weaving-we recently flipped a wire basket over to weave ribbon through :-) Nice and durable.

4 Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. October 4, 2011 at 1:14 pm

I actually asked pizza places around here if they would be willing to donate some boxes to my preschool and they were very generous:)

5 Caz October 4, 2011 at 8:15 am

I love these, what a genius idea. The weaving box and the bottle lid doors in particular! And just as good – an excuse to buy pizza! :-D

6 Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. October 4, 2011 at 1:14 pm

Haha – we all need a good excuse to buy another pizza!

7 jackie October 4, 2011 at 8:27 am

I love these ideas, Deborah! Especially the velcro and weaving ideas! I have some strips of velcro that I’ve been looking for something to do with. Blocks it is! Thanks!

8 Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. October 4, 2011 at 1:15 pm

The children loved the velcro boxes! I hope to make more of them:)

9 Grace@Home October 4, 2011 at 9:50 am

This is magical!

10 Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. October 4, 2011 at 1:15 pm

Thank you Grace:)

11 Laurie Croce October 4, 2011 at 1:09 pm

Love it! Wish I hadn’t just thrown out two pizza boxes :(

12 Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. October 4, 2011 at 1:16 pm

Haha – I said the same thing. I didn’t decide to do these until after I threw the boxes away.

13 kristin @preschool daze October 5, 2011 at 6:59 am

oh, when i have a moment, i want to do this!

i love it.

14 Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. October 5, 2011 at 11:41 pm

Be sure to share if you do – I would love to see what you come up with!

15 Love and Lollipops October 5, 2011 at 10:23 am

Hi Deborah!

I love these ideas, especially the bottle top one. Just pinned it!

Georgia :)

16 Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. October 5, 2011 at 11:40 pm

Thanks for the Pin Georgia:)

17 Little Wonders' Days October 5, 2011 at 7:59 pm

Fun! You come up with the best simple ideas. My crew would love the weaving and I bet the boxes are sturdy enough to hold up to them. I think I hear a Friday night family pizza night coming!

18 Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. October 5, 2011 at 11:39 pm

Haha – Yummy! With the contact paper, they are more sturdy than without.

19 mina October 14, 2011 at 2:35 am

hello! I’ m a preschool teacher from Greece. I really like your blog , I am a big fun! Many Congratulations and many thanks for the great ideas you are giving me. I made these pizza boxes for my students. they really enjoy playing with them. My porpose was to develope their fine skills (I hope this is the correct expression in english!) and I’ve already seen results.

20 Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. October 14, 2011 at 9:18 am

That is wonderful Mina! Your English is excellent!

21 Janice @ learning4kids November 8, 2011 at 7:21 am

Brilliant!! I have a pizza box here that I have been keeping for a Mini Pizza Chef imaginative play. Once we are done with this, I have so much inspiration from your fabulous ideas to try! Thank you Deborah! I love your blog!! xx

22 Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. November 8, 2011 at 8:56 pm

Thank you Janice – save that pizza box!!

23 Carrie-Anne Irby December 30, 2011 at 3:59 pm

Love your pizza box ideas! I’m all about making tasks boxes for my kiddos and these are great ideas.

24 Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. December 30, 2011 at 9:38 pm

I was hoping to sit and make some more this week but no time:)

25 Shannon March 9, 2012 at 2:50 pm

I love all of your ideas! I am homeschooling my four year old son and your ideas have inspired me to look at my household items and try to create learning tools out of them. Thanks!

26 Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. March 9, 2012 at 3:44 pm

Oh, once you get started it can be so fun but you will be afraid to throw almost anything away!!

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