Ok this is way cheap. This is a natural wood box bought at Dollarama. To make dividers inside the box, I have found these craft flowers that come in four wood sectionals and can simply be glued into the box. These can be found in the scrap book area of Dollarama for a buck each.
Smelling Box – The spice jars were three for a buck at Dollarama and I even found the labels in the kitchenware area.
Sound Box – For this box I used a Dollarama metal lunch pail and old film containers. To get the film containers, I simply went in to my local photo store and asked for 12 of them and washed them throughly. Then I filled the containers with 2 marbles, 2 with rice and so on. I also filled 2 with cotton balls because no sound is also a sound. I used a lunch pail for the extra challenge of opening the lock. For larger versions using more than 6 pairs, the film containers also fit nicely in the wood box.
Practical Life Box – Just a mixed bag of material for practical use.
Nut Box: It was just a bag of mixed nuts from Bulk Food Barn and a sheet printed off from Montessori materials.org. The link is on the main page.
Seeds Display: the display case is natural wood again from Dollarama and the seeds are collected from our local field. It was a craft project to match plants to seeds, then to teach life cycles.
Again insect models can be bought at any dollar store. Used to learn life cycles, body parts, types, habitats.
Sea Creatures – Same idea as the insects.
Rocks Box – Treasures brought home from any child. Teaches types of rock and later eras of rock. A great website below will help identify all found rock treasures.
Sea Shells – Bags of mixed shells can be found in multiple places. The sheet was printed off from Montessorimaterials.org
Atlantic Sea Shells Box – these were just shells picked off the beach on our vacation.
Colour Tablets Box – Ahh…Home Depot will not be happy with me. They foolishly left a sign out beside the natural wood paint mixer sticks that said FREE TAKE ONE. Well, I took 5. I cut them with a hack saw into 2 inch squares. Then glued on the colour chips also taken from Home Depot to make the tablets.
Movable Alphabet Box– The Scrabble game uses wood tiles. Scrabble Jr has cardboard tiles.
Language Box – This is a mixed bag of the Dolch high frequency word cards, word games and reading pamphlets for early readers.
French Box – Desperate for dual language materials I have made many, many nomenclature and three part cards. Just click on the French link on the main page. Showing is a matching English/French game from Leapfrog.
Gemstones Box – Semi-precious stones can be bought at Dollarama in the craft aisle. To boot, they identify them on the card on the back in case you are not familiar with the stones yourself. Otherwise try gem shows or Mastermind toys.
Fossils Box – This one is more tricky. Some educational stores sell fossils, however, these were bought for 5 bucks at a local gem and mineral show. The shell fossils were found along lake Ontario.
Weights and Scale Box –The set was bought for 3 bucks at dollar store.
Geography Box – The match up is simply construction paper. I used traced over the land forms with tracing paper and then cut them out of construction paper so they would be exact for easy matching. The same idea is used for identifying land versus water only using sand paper. The land form 3 part cards were printed off of montessorimaterials.org
Tentagrams Box – Amazingly I find these occasionally in dollar stores. The card shapes are simply guides.
Elastic Geoboard – this was created off a flat piece of wood from Home Depot. Home Depot has a bin at the back of every store in the lumber area where you can buy the extra odds and ends of wood for a quarter. I simply nailed some nails onto the flat part of the wood in rows to form a square and bought a bag of elastics. Children can stretch the elastics on the board in any design they want.
Cutlery Sorting –– Simply a wicker cutler basket with cutlery. The object is to pull out the cutlery and have the child sort the knives, forks and spoons into the proper pockets. The drawing in the front of the pocket is to help them match the proper piece of cutlery to the right pocket.
Pinning Activity: This is actually a practical life activity but I am putting it in this section for the photograph. The top pin is actually a knitting stitch holder. They can be bought in dollar stores or anywhere they sell knitting wool. They come in sizes much larger than the one shown and have a very dull pointed end. They are extremely easy to open and close.