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The Simple Joy of Containers

Opening Closing Containers by Jeanne Marie Paynel from voilamontessori.com

You don’t need to purchase expensive toys to entertain your young child. Everyday objects found around the home can offer hours of engagement and fascination, as well as valuable learning experiences.

Such is the case when you present your child a collection of containers of varying sizes and types — perhaps a wallet, a makeup kit, a pencil case, a storage box with a lid. Simply by grouping them together and modeling how to open and close each of them for your child to observe, you can set the stage for a fun and educational activity without a lot of legwork required.

By giving them an opportunity to play with and work with these objects they’ll not only develop the dexterity required to master the important life skill of opening and closing containers, they’ll also gain a greater sense of independence and self-esteem at their own abilities.

Allow them to take their time exploring and practicing, perhaps make it extra exciting for them by placing more objects or treats inside for them to discover.

When a young child is placed in front of a variety of containers, their natural curiosity will inspire them to explore by opening each of them to see what’s inside. Find out how they’ll gain valuable life skills in the process.

For more tips on how to introduce Montessori activities, read The Nine Key Points to Sharing a New Activity with Your Child.

*The appropriate age will depend on the child’s individual development and abilities as well as interest. These are all approximate ages; it is essential to follow your child’s needs by learning to observe them.


P.S. Would you like my support and guidance setting-up your Montessori home? If, yes then go ahead and schedule a ‘Discovery Session’ with me. It’s free and you’ll know if we are a good fit. 😉

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