DIY a School Supply Box for Home Learning

DIY a School Supply Box for Home Learning

As many kids go back to school remotely this Fall, they are going to need places to store their school supplies. You don’t have to go out and buy containers. You and your child can create your own personalized school box from inexpensive materials at home. Here’s how we did it:

1- First, a box! This could be a shoe box, a packing box, or even a box you have made from pieces of cardboard. We used a shipping box since we have been getting a lot of stuff via mail lately.

2 – Next, gather materials. You can use any sort of tape, glue, glue stick, etc. You may notice in the pictures that we used fabric glue since that was what we had around. You’ll also want construction or some other colored paper to cover the box or make cutouts to paste on the box. Pens, crayons, markers or even paint would also be helpful. We used some stickers that we had handy.

3- We covered the box with construction paper.

4 -And then cut out some shapes from other paper. We went with a flower theme, but you could cut out any sorts of shapes depending on what you would like to add to your box.

5- Once the flower was glued on, we added some decorations with markers and stickers. Glitter would be fun to add, or even leftover party streamers. You can also personalize it with your child’s name, like we did.

6- Then load it up with your child’s school supplies!

Making a school box will help your child to keep all of their things together while remote learning is happening. This can also be a great activity to mark the start of school since it may feel a little strange to be remote. And, when your child goes back to school in-person, this can be a good thing for them to take with them to remember home if they are feeling anxious.

Whatever kind of school supply box you end up making, the most important thing is to have fun!

Special thanks to Clara Lechman for her school box.

Text: © Kids In Transition to School 2020

Image: © Kids In Transition to School

Katherine Pears
Dr. Katherine Pears is a senior scientist at Oregon Social Learning Center (OSLC). She earned her Ph.D in clinical psychology and has worked with OSLC since 1998. Katherine is the principal investigator and co-developer of the Kids In Transition to Schools (KITS) program. Currently, she oversees all the clinical and research activities for KITS. When she’s not in her office, you’ll find Katherine in the kitchen whipping up her latest creation or outdoors hiking a scenic trail.

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