(Idea from Sarah Kelly)


  • Small boxes
  • Dried beans (or any similar thing to rattle inside. Have a different sound inside each box.)
  • Pretty paper or paint
  • Ribbons
  • Clear contact paper


  1. Place the beans inside the box.
  2. Seal the box well.
  3. Cover the box with brightly colored paper or let an older child paint it. (Use non-toxic colors)
  4. Glue on ribbons or stickers.
  5. Cover the boxes with clear contact paper to make them hold up under chewing.