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
Author of My Kitchen, My Classroom: An Introduction to Homeschool and creator of The Deliberate Mom. Jennifer writes about parenting, homeschooling, 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.

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