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I have an abundance of containers around the house. I’ve been saving them thinking that I would eventually find some purpose for them. They were mostly used as “props” in my daughters’ play kitchen. However, the other day I had a wonderful idea… what if I placed the containers on the table and used them as a provocation for my youngest daughter to open and explore?

Opening Containers: An Activity for Infants and Toddlers #kids #activities

The idea was a hit! She opened the containers. She closed the containers. She put one container inside another container and then closed them up again.

It was such a fantastic activity to observe her engaging in!

She was content and focused for well over forty minutes. I’ll definitely continue this activity with new containers… maybe I’ll even place a “surprise” in the occasional container! The possibilities are endless!




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Jennifer Bly
Jennifer Bly
Author of My Kitchen, My Classroom: An Introduction to Homeschool, creator of The Deliberate Mom, Deliberate Homeschooling and regular contributor to The Huffington Post. Jennifer writes about parenting, her faith, and life with her husband and two girls. Jennifer has a Bachelor of Applied Human Service Administration Degree with a specialization in Early Learning in Child Care.

Jennifer Bly is the creator of Becoming a Deliberate Mom: A Reflective Parenting Workbook. Connect with her on Facebook and Instagram for parenting updates and inspiration.

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