Thrifty Thursday - Toddler Box Guest Post from It's A Long Story

I am honored today to have Heather from It's A Long Story here to share an activity. Heather is a mom after my own heart. She is loves creating educational activities for her daughter that and budget friendly. See, she fits right in here. I hope you find as much inspiration from her post as I do.

Hello Mess for Less readers! I'm so excited to be over here today. I love Vicky's blog, and I was thrilled when she asked me to post.

My name is Heather, and I blog over at It's A Long Story.

I blog about all sorts of things over there. My faith, my projects, the occasional family outing...but one of the things I love writing about is the fun stuff I do with my daughter. She's 2 1/2, and loves to explore and figure things out. I like finding things for her that are simple, educational, and most importantly...don't break the budget!

I've recently started putting together something for Abbey that I have named Toddler Boxes. They are simple, self-contained activities that Abbey can, for the most part, complete by herself. I'm sharing my first one here with you today!

First of all, I found some great little tote boxes with snap-on lids at Hobby Lobby. They are the perfect size for Abbey, and the stack together perfectly so we can store them where she can reach them. Honestly, finding those boxes was the springboard for the whole Toddler Box idea!
I also found these buttons at Hobby Lobby for $5! Woohoo! 

Much better than trying to collect buttons from the sewing section, and they are nice and chunky with nice, big holes. Yes, I realize it says age 4 and up. If you have any reason to believe that your child would put these in their mouth, maybe wait a while before you try out this activity.

The S'getti String was $3 for 50 yards! Seriously, I have no idea what I'm going to do with all of it! I liked it for this activity because it is narrow and flexible enough to fit through the button holes, but it is sturdy, and doesn't fray.

This picture is sideways and I can't fix it...sorry! Blame Blogger!

Abbey loves her buttons!

The first time we played this, she had a hard time and I heard a lot of  "I can't!", but now she's a pro!

How's that for focus?? Haha! She is so good about keeping the buttons in the box, or picking them back up if they come out. This box is a LIFESAVER at dinner time!

Make sure you pop over to It's A Long Story and become a follower! I will be posting a new Toddler Box each week for the next month or so!

While you're over there, here are some other toddler goodies you might like:
Simple Stamps
Snow Dough

DIY Cloth Training Pants
Thanks for letting me play with you today! 


Thank you so much Heather! I have buttons just like that and never thought to use them in this way. I love when we can learn from each other. Please visit Heather at It's A Long Story and check out her other great posts like those above. 



  1. That's such a great idea. I love how determined she looks :)

  2. My daughter would love those buttons. And that string looks perfect for them. I'm going to have to take a trip to Hobby Lobby. Thanks for sharing!

  3. Fantastic idea!!! My little 2 year old will love this!!~

  4. Go Heather go! This guest post is full of such great ideas! :)

  5. Great idea with the buttons! I love the look of concentration in her face, she is adorable!

  6. How funny! We have these buttons but this is not how my son plays with them. First thing he does is dump them out all over the floor. Then he uses bulldozers and excavators to scoop them up like dirt. Every so often he will match colors or shapes for about 10 seconds, then it's back to dumping and scooping. :-)