Last summer, I made an artic box using a “beauty organizer” from the Target dollar spot. It was a huge hit that went pretty viral. But, if you weren’t able to snag the cool box with the built-in mirror in summer 2022, you were kind of out of luck from there on out. *This post contains affiliate links.*
That’s why I decided to make my own DIY version with a box that everyone can find, at almost anytime! (I hope…)
The supplies you’ll need:
- pencil/supply box
- shatter resistant mirror
- sticky notes
- tally counters
- floss toothpicks
- dot markers/crayons
- hook and loop fastener dots
- visual sound cues
- mini objects
I love using a supply box like this because it fits a tally counter – which is the magical, all-motivating tool that kids just LOVE using. I also need a box that has a flat/not textured lid to adhere my label and mirror.
I also found this awesome “marker case” with a handle. It’s from Michael’s – the Creatology brand. The only downside is that it inside deep enough to fit a tally counter. Other than that, I love it!
I’ve designed a resource to be a tool to help you get started with a quick articulation box. First I added my label to the outside of the lid. I like to use clear packing tape to put on labels like this. Don’t be stingy!
I use the same method for the name/sound label on the thin sides. You can choose to write each child’s name on this label or label the boxes according to sound. Labeling by sound would be perfect if you were using these in stations.
Next, I used hook and loop fastener dots to adhere my shatter-resistant mirror to the inside of the lid. Obviously use these mirrors with caution and they won’t be suitable for all kids. Know your caseload and talk about being responsible with the mirror – because I’m sure it’s capable and breaking and being sharp even though it’s marketed as “shatter resistant”!
Then, I add in all the things to help me address artic therapy quickly and efficiently. Use as many or as few of these are you like, but these are my tried-and-true tools for keeping those fast trials engaging. A fancy pen that students don’t always get to use can be the most motivating item ever! Use it to track trials or for +/-.
In my resource I’ve given you templates to create and print your own words lists and tally sheets, as well. You can print them on sticky notes (template included!) or on regular paper and cut. The words/phrases/sentences lists are editable so you can print a list for each kid on your caseload with targets that are meaningful to them! You can find my resource in my TpT store here!
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