Stop yourself from spending too much time mindlessly scrolling at home by making yourself a playful and creative activity box. It's the perfect way to always have easy access to fun things to do in your home!

As humans, we are predisposed to love easy options that indulge us, so even after deciding to include more playfulness and creativity in your life, doing so can still be challenging. There will always be the usual choices of entertainment and relaxation tugging at you and it's easy for your mind to go into auto-pilot mood AKA grabbing that phone for some mindless scrolling. These decisions are done without much thought because the decision is simple and the reward is satisfactory (enough).

So how can you use a simple box to add more creative and playful activities to your life? The answer is simple, by making these alternative activity choices an easy choice with an activity box. Take any box to your liking and simply fill it with playful and creative things and tools that you like to do or want to try. So the next time that you reach for the phone at home, simply open your beautiful box and you'll have plenty of other fun things to do.

Below, you will find what you need to to create your own playful activity box at home, what you should consider when you make it and plenty of ideas on what to fill it with.


What to fill your playful and creative activity box with

There are plenty of items that you can put in an activity box but for one that centers around making playfulness and creativity more prevalent in your life, here are some excellent additions:

  • A deck of cards for solitaire or a game or cards with friends;
  • A sketch book;
  • Pens and pencils;
  • Paintbrushes and paint;
  • Clay and pottery tools;
  • Juggling balls;
  • A jigsaw puzzle (or two);
  • A meditation set with your favourite meditation candle and chrystals;

Besides physical objects, you can also add a notebook filled with creative and playful activity ideas. Use it to write down ideas under different categories such as “play”, “creativity” “mind” and “body”. You can then use these as inspiration when when you’re out of ideas. Here are some examplesof what to include:

  • Journal about your day;
  • Creative writing prompts;
  • Sketch prompts;
  • Stretch your body;
  • Journal about your goals;
  • Read a book, a simple prompt but always a great reminder;
  • Move your body and go for a walk or run;
  • Give yourself a scalp massage; 
  • Dance around your home for 10 minutes;
  • Bake or cook something new.

To put it simply, everything in this box is supposed to make it easier for you to explore your creative and playful side in a heartbeat.

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Things to consider when making your activity box

  1. Make it fun and engaging

Only put items and tools that you’ll enjoy using in your activity box. This is not a box to challenge yourself to do things that you do not want to do, it’s a box supposed to help you do the things that you actually want to do.


2. Keep it visible

Always keep your activity box somewhere you can see it and where you can easily grab it. If it’s tucked away and out of sight, most probably, it will also slip out of your mind. What you want is to keep it top-of-mind so that the next time you’re stuck wondering what to do with your time, all those fun options are only a look away.


3. Make it visually appealing to you

Take the time to make your box visually appealing to you. Whether that means grabbing a simple white box, painting a wooden box or putting stickers on one is up to you. Personally, I choose a pink shoebox that I love having out in my home.


4. Keep changing it up

As you use your activity box, keep changing the items and tools up as you go. Maybe you’ve tried something in it and it brought you less joy than expected, if so, switch it to something new to enjoy. Maybe you went to delve deeper into a skill that you discovered in your activity box, if so add new tools to compliment your new desires. The box exists in symbiosis with you, and if you take care of it, it will take care of you in return. 


Let's inspire each other

Have you ever made an activity box to encourage positive habits at home? If so, share the favourite thing you have added to your box below in the comments and let’s inspire each other! If you decide to make one now, please do share it on Instagram and tag @thisismaimo #maimomoment to be re-posted ✨

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