If you are already using the workbox system, and find it to be working well, there is yet more that you can add to it. Personally I have found that the kids really enjoy having a fun box placed at the end. In this box I like to but fun activities that are still educational. It is almost like receiving a reward for completing all of the other work filled boxes.
Puzzles are very educational, and are a great fun activity that your child can do either themselves, or with you. I have found that many local dollar stores carry some very nice picture puzzles that are perfect for kids. You can also check the clearance bins at your local stores, for some great deals on puzzles. After they have finished putting the puzzles together you can have them glue it to a piece of cardboard, and than frame it. What is really nice about this fun activity is that it also makes a nice keepsake.
Educational computer games
Remember that just because it is educational this does not mean that it is not fun. There are plenty of games that you can find online for your kids to play. You can put a card in their box that tells them they have earned a set amount of video game time. For example for younger children I usually allow them about twenty minutes of online game time. They hand you the card they have found in the box, and you can then allow them to play their game. To find some educational online games, you can simply type in the words “educational computer games” in the search box, and you will get plenty of results.
Arts and crafts projects
One of the things that you will find plenty of online, and off are arts and crafts projects. There is plenty of fun activities that you can put into your child’s work box. For example if your child is learning about the environment you can make your own recyclable tote bag out of old clothes, or fabric you have lying around. Instead of purchasing additional items, it makes more sense to use the items that you already have lying around the house.
You can also put a recipe card into your child’s box. There are plenty of fun recipes for making your own play dough, or even for baking with mom. You can easily make up an easy to follow recipe card. They can bring the card to you and you can help them make whatever is on the card. I have often found it to be fun to include more than one card so that they can choose which they would like to do. For younger children it is usually best to limit the number of options to just two.