Tug Box Fun For Little One

I’m not normally a ‘how to make’ type blogger but this weeks play activity involved me making a Tug Box for the one year old tuRobot.  Basically a box with string and ribbon going through it that can be pulled back and forth. What harm can a little how to post do!?

First I scavenged my fabric box for beads and ribbons. It amazes me often how much I hide away for days like these. I even have a bag of washers for reasons I can’t remember! The box I’m using is fairly small but imagine you could use any size box for this.

A small brown box, collection of ribbos and beads

Using a needle, or a screwdriver as I resorted too, to make holes through the box and thread your ribbon or string through. Tie knots at either end. If you fancy use beads to tie the ends up to make it more appealing to tug. Ta da, all done:

Robot sat with the tug box his finger holding the box while he pulls at a ribbon

Very quickly the Robot worked out that he needed to hold the box while pulling the string. I love watching him when he’s concentrating!

The Robot sat with his tug box pulling on a red ribbon concentration face!

There you have it an easy enough activity for a little one.  It kept him busy for 5 minutes and it lives in his toy box for the time being.  As with any box it becomes multi-use. He’s used it as a step to reach the “contraband” on the window sill.  There really is no stopping him.

How do you use simple round the house items to keep your little ones occupied?

#ABC123 is a challenge I have set myself to complete 26 weeks of posts, every week a different letter of the alphabet.  This week is the letter T for Tug boxes.

Do you fancy having a go at the #ABC123 Challenge?

ABC123 Blue Building Block

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Robot pulling on the Tug box with text: Tg box fun for little ones










  1. Ah I wasn’t sure what a tug box was…this is a fab idea. My son has always loved boxes, pully things etc. I tried to recycle an empty cardboard box today…shame on me. He was on it straight away…where’s my general waste bin Mummy? I didn’t know it was a general waste bin! So yes as you say multifunctional boxes, wonderful. And household bits and bobs are great too…I’m very happy to let me son play with all sorts of things, watching his imagination develop is just wonderful. Although my masher has been missing for months (I think it’s in the car, but keep forgetting to look) which is really annoying every time go to mash anything…
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    1. isntitpretty

      ha ha ha, thankfully I haven’t lost any kitchen utensils yet, but there is time. My cupboards are becoming very unorganised since R keeps doing sorting in them.

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