Sunday, September 21, 2008

DIY Vocational Training Boxes

For under $35 today I was able to put together several Work Task boxes for prevocational training. You gotta love the Dollar Store (our local ones are all Dollar Trees).

  • Travel Shoe Shine kit packaging - Purchased 10 travel shoe shine kits for $1.00 each, which contain one shoe brush, one shoe horn, one soft cloth, two tubs shoe polish in a clear, zippered bag. Made jig by tracing the shape of each object and the zipper bag large 11x18" piece of craft foam and cutting out the outline, then glueing craft foam with object silhouettes cut out onto a whole piece of craft foam (making a "cut out" puzzle type of jig). Added picture symbol markings and instructions.
  • Make Up Brush Packaging - same basic instructions as travel shoe shine kits
  • Sorting by color - purchased large package of plastic colored popsicle sticks and pack of (incidently mathcing) children's plastic cups. Used heavy duty (clean) cardboard personal size pizza box and cut out four cup holes (after tracing the BOTTOM of the cup onto the top of the box) to hold the four primary colors of cups (which match the sticks). Removed cups to gluy box shut and spray paint black, reinsert cups and have sorting fun.
Pictures coming soon. (Camera is at school and Blackberry is in the shop - always get the repair the warentee if your nickname as a child was "Clutzy Kate".)

Sites for inspirtation (or purchase) of prevocational work task boxes:


  1. Do you do a task eg shoe cleaning with the Travel Shoe Shine kit and make up or do you just sort into the correct space ?

  2. For now we take the objects out of a bin, sort into places on the jig and the package into the zipper bags. It is a packing task for both the shoe shine and make up brush kits.

    At some point I may add actually polishing shoes, but my kiddos aren't there yet. (Sorting five objects and packaging will be a stretch.)

    Also at some point we will donate the shoe shine kits to a homeless shelter or somewhere as part of community service and I will come up with a new packaging task to do.


  3. Hello, I've never commented on a blog before, so excuse know. My son is 21 years old, deaf and mr and has just started a day services program. They have no vocational projects there and I'm trying to come up with some for Rhue because he has good vocational skills. He made rubber door mats, for example, in school. Can you point me to a company that would sell kits or materials for these kinds of things that I might be able to provide for him (and maybe others) at his program? Thanks so much. Doris Nichols

  4. My class uses vocational kits from Nasco, found at online. However it might be to everyone's benefit if they did work that purposeful for either their setting or the community. For example if their is a cafeteria they could roll a fork, spoon, and knife and perhaps a salt and pepper packet in a napkin to put out. Or they could make first aid kits or ice packs for the nurse. Volunteer work is another option, for example hold a drive or get toothbrushes, toothpaste, and other hygiene items donated and make into kits to give to homeless shelters.

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  6. i'm trying to find a vocational task for my elective in school which is called peer helpers we get to help the children in our school who have disabilities and i canr think of anything and its due tomorrow
    and i have no idea what to do

  7. Great blog! I just found it and have already gotten several ideas for tasks for my students. Thanks so much for sharing!

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