With everything going on right now, a lot of you have reached out to ask me about task boxes to make at home. Whether you’re a parent, family member, care giver – or an education professional. Maybe you want to send home ideas for your families to make these for their children. If so, I hope you’ll find this list helpful. I’ve even put them into categories for you.

Right now, schools all around the world are closing. And for many of us, it’s a very frightening time. We don’t know how long our school will be closed – or maybe it hasn’t closed yet. And you’re just waiting to find out if – or when – it will close. For some of us, that has been a quick last minute decision without much time to prep.

Life Skills

  • Matching identical socks.
  • Sorting cutlery.
  • Buttoning up pieces of cloth.
  • Zipping.

Fine Motor Skills

  • Hole punching paper.
  • Threading beads.
  • Cutting over lines.
  • Making shapes out of play dough.
  • Placing clothing pegs onto lines on paper/card.
  • Copy pictures to build Mr Potato Head.
  • Putting nuts onto bolts.
  • Placing buttons into slits in containers. Great for big/small sorting too and different shapes.


  • Clipping clothing pegs onto matching colours – you can use paint swatch testers in DIY stores.
  • Matching colour keys to locks.
  • Sorting colour pom-poms.
  • Matching suits in a set of playing cards.
  • 2D shape print outs – and then find the same 2D shape in the environment around them.
  • Use play dough to form different shapes.
  • Use play dough to form different numbers.
  • Put numbers onto blocks. Have students use them for counting forwards/backwards and ordering numbers.
  • Play dough and number stamps. Students use the number stamps to form numbers in play dough.


  • Cut up pictures and place onto duplo blocks. Students build the blocks to create the picture.
  • Writing name.
  • Spelling with magnetic letters.
  • Put letters onto blocks for students to use. They can order the alphabet, spell words etc.
  • Use play dough to form different letters.
  • Play dough and letter stamps. Students use the letter stamps to make letters or form words in the play dough.


  • Magnetic v non-magnetic sorting. Have a large magnet and give student/child different objects to see if they are magnetic or not.
  • Sort hot and cold weather clothes.
  • Take temperature on the thermometer each day.

If you’re unsure about task boxes, or want even more ideas. Download my free Task Boxes for Beginners eBook here. Or listen in to this podcast episode where I talk all about task boxes.

I hope you found this list of task boxes helpful. If you have any extra ideas that we can add to this list, please leave a comment down below. Please feel free to share this post with your friends and colleagues on social media.

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