Friday, July 24

Toddler Activity: Containers and Lids

I just put this out on my toddler's activity shelf this week. To introduce it, I took off one lid and took out the block. I set them on the mat and did the same for the next container. After all three were opened I showed how to put in a block and find the lid.


This jar has a twist lid and I wasn't sure how difficult it would be. She puts the lid on and pushes on it and it seems to stay on without the twisting. When I see her using the activity I try to casually model the twisting.


The square lid is a challenge putting on. Sometimes she gets it, sometimes not. A younger child would do better with all circular lids as they are the easiest. (A younger child may also need to start with just one container w/ lid) She has no problem pulling all of the lids off.


Another aspect of this activity is the one-to-one matching. (One block for each one container.) One-to-one is a very important pre-math concept that is needed for when a child starts counting. I am always trying to find ways to incorporate this skill into my toddler activities.

4 comments:

Kiy said...

This looks wonderful, I need to look for some containers around the house! Also, many thanks for explaining how you introduced this to your daughter, it really helps.

Cheers, Kiy

Susana said...

I love this idea! I think will try this with my toddler, but with only 1 container--he is much younger than your daughter.

Thank you so much for so many great ideas. I love your blog!

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