A DIY drop box game that my students love!

A DIY drop box game is a great way to build teamwork and critical thinking!

I shared the sweetest, individual-sized, DIY drop box game on my Facebook page and decided it would be perfect for my preschool and prekindergarten age students if I could find a bigger box.

DIY Drop Box Game

It just so happened I had saved two long boxes over the summer. I can’t remember what actually came in the boxes but I knew that I should hold onto them. I love to use boxes like these for partner or group activities. All I needed to do was wait for a fun idea to come along and I would be all ready to go. The only scary part was cutting the holes in the boxes because once I cut those holes, there would be no going back to using the boxes for a different plan. I decided to go for it and it ended up being a very good decision.

DIY Box Game for Preschool and Prek

Preparing the Game

In one of our boxes I cut three holes straight down the middle. In the other box, I cut three holes diagonally across the box.  I wasn’t sure whether to cut one, three, or more holes but three worked perfectly for my students. I think more than three holes would have made the process too easy and one hole might have been a little too challenging.

DFIY Drop Box Game

Promoting Teamwork

These types of games are such a great way to promote working together as a team.  It took a few tries for some of my students to realize how to work together to make the ball head to one hole over another.

DIY Drop Box Game

Using Trial and Error

A few of my students enjoyed giving the game a try on their own too!

DIY Drop Box Game

See our DIY Drop Box Game in Action

I thought you might enjoy seeing this game in action so check out this video of my students playing our DIY Drop Box Game!

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By |2019-02-11T11:23:47+00:00November 1st, 2017|

About the Author:

Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. has been working and teaching in the field of early childhood education for over 30 years. Deborah currently owns and teaches in her own part-time, private preschool called The Children’s Studio. Deborah’s deep passion for teaching and working with young children is documented and then graciously shared with millions of readers around the world through her blog and other social networking communities. Deborah believes that young children learn best through play and exploration and embraces this belief in all that she does in her own classroom so that she can effectively and passionately share rewarding, real- life, tried-and-true practices with other teachers, parents, and leaders across the field of early childhood education.


  1. Hayley November 21, 2017 at 7:51 pm - Reply

    I think this idea is great! As a future preschool teacher, I think I will enjoy doing this with students in the future!

  2. Beth Stauffer July 19, 2018 at 5:47 pm - Reply

    My 2 1/2 year old grandson and I made one! I changed it up by first letting him drop different color paint in the box and rolling a golf ball all around and side to side. After paint dried we cut out holes and used tennis balls. We actually used a pizza box and taped the sides. He played with this all evening! We had so much fun!!

    • Deborah Stewart July 24, 2018 at 10:02 pm - Reply

      I love it Beth! Thank you for sharing your success with me.

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