Present objects in a new way and give your child an opportunity to begin recognizing colours. Blocks, balls, links, lids and other items are all more exciting in this variation on a Montessori treasure basket than on their own. Try adding items that have different textures, shapes and weights for your child to discover. Let your toddler try to place the correct coloured objects in the holes—or place them for your little one, then see if they realize the items match. Use this as a receptacle for sorting colourful beads, pom-poms or buttons for crafts when your toddler is older!
WHAT YOU NEED
- Paper egg carton
- Paintbrush and acrylic
- paint in rainbow colours
- Assorted colourful
- small items and toys
WHAT TO DO
- Paint the inside of the egg compartments with acrylic paint, ensuring there are 2 compartments of each colour. Or paint the compartments in any combination you prefer. Allow the paint to fully dry between coats—you may need 2 or 3 coats of paint to cover the compartments.
- When the paint is dry, put an assortment of colourful, safe objects in the carton for your baby. For a toddler, set the items out adjacent to the carton and encourage them to sort the items into the carton.
READ: Play and Learn Activities for Babies: 65 Ways to Promote Growth and Development from Birth to Two Years Old by Hannah Fathi (published by Page Street Kids this autumn)
This article can be found in issue 103 of The Green Parent magazine