Ever wish you could have a few minutes to make dinner, straighten up or go to the bathroom solo? Exploratory sensory play is the way to go! Try one of these genius busy box ideas designed just for the youngest players.

Beads on Beads

Dayna from Lemon Lime Adventures has 10 super fun Baby Busy Boxes ideas on her site, but we absolutely adore the idea of beads. (Watch your little one carefully, especially if they're the type to put everything around their necks.) Babies can pull, feel and experience these long chains of beads -- costume jewelry works just as well as baby beads.

photo: courtesy of Lemon Lime Adventures

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Have you ever made a busy box for your baby? Tell us about it in the Comments!

—Kelley Gardiner