The objective is to redirect the negative behavior before it escalates. I have used activity boxes with students that could become aggressive, and violent not only to themselves but also toward other individuals. It also is helpful for children that may not fully understand why they are behaving inappropriately.
Setting up activity boxes is simple. Sometimes the simplest idea can be the one thing that helps you connect with a student!
There are a few guidelines I like to follow when setting up activity boxes for individual students for the first time.
1. Include the student in the process. This is important because the box is intended to help that student re-direct their negative behaviors. It isn't going to have the degree of success if the student isn't engaged in the materials included in it.
2. The container should be the size of a shoe box. My first activity boxes were actual shoe boxes. I love the Nike shoe boxes that have the flip flap lid. I would go to the Mall and ask for the empty boxes. Students can pick their box, and help decorate it. Shoe boxes are compact, and will stack easily in a storage closet.
3. The contents of the activity box should have an educational value. Using activity boxes is not intended for a student to get out of doing work, or to play after disrupting class. This is a tool to use to defuse negative (escalating) behaviors.
4. Go over the ground rules for using the activity boxes. This would include proper way to use and take care of the materials in the box, appropriate time to use them, etc. Remember to focus on the positive as much as possible!
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