Your little guy can hardly contain his excitement: he’s learning to use the potty! Here’s a fun and easy way to tap into that new-found enthusiasm for all things potty—by creating a treasure chest that will encourage him to celebrate each tiny victory throughout the potty training journey.
How to Make a Potty Training Treasure Chest
- Start with a sturdy box: a cardboard box from your most recent shoe purchase or, if you prefer, a small plastic container. Tip: Look for a box with an attached lid so that the lid will flip open and close like a real treasure chest.
- Cover the box with adhesive shelf-paper (plain or patterned: it’s up to you)
- Personalize your creation with your child’s name and some peel-and-stick stickers. Better yet, get him involved in decorating “his” treasure chest.
Ideas for What to Put In It
- Stickers (for him to stick on his potty training sticker chart to celebrate his successes) and other mini-rewards (think tiny cars, temporary tattoos, miniature animals, a funky pair of dinosaur-print socks, and so on)
- Storybooks, coloring books, and puzzles (to give your child something to do while he’s sitting on the potty)
- An inexpensive musical instrument, like a harmonica or a set of bells (to keep your child entertained while he’s waiting for the magic to happen)
- A small stuffed animal (to keep your child company while he’s on potty patrol)
- Finger puppets (so that he can act out his own potty-inspired stories)
- Pull-Ups® Training Pants, featuring your child’s favorite Disney® characters