Where can I find extra shoeboxes?

This may sound like a silly question, but it really isn’t. First check your closet. If you have no luck there, try your spouse’s closet. Ask a friend. If all else fails, visit your local shoe store and ask if they have any extra shoeboxes. Even Walmart or Target may be able to help you out if you tell them you are a teacher.

Why would I even want to use this?

This is perhaps the easiest answer of all! Some many learning goals and skills can be implemented with this type of activity. Most students are able to complete it on their own. Even the most complex learners can practice fine motor skills by placing the craft sticks into each assigned slot. The safety signs and symbols shoebox task is a favorite amongst my students, and even the therapists who come in and work with each student.

How am I supposed to put this together?

I’ve enclosed pictures, but it’s super easy to put together. Once you place velcro on the back of the first template and place it on top of the closed shoebox, you will begin to cut across the dashed lines. Depending on the size or type of craft stick that you choose to use, you may have to widen the size of the line. When you are ready to switch out the template, make sure that you have already cut along the dashed lines. This will help you align the slots.

Here’s the link to our first free Shoebox Task templates:


Check back for additional shoebox task templates. I’ll be adding new skills to add to your center tables.