Have you ever noticed toddlers love to empty things? This activity is perfect for the toddlers who just can’t help themselves – and for once you will be happy for them to empty to their hearts content!
To accompany our letter of the week activities, I fill a tub with items all beginning with that letter. I place it within Paige’s reach for her to explore and play with whenever she chooses. She has loved this and it has been a time saving, ready-made and versatile activity pot for me too!
It takes less than 5 minutes to put together and once it has been organised there’s so much you can do with it to enhance the letter of the week learning.
So how can you use it?
- To get them active, you can hide all the items from the tub for them to find, this is probably Paige’s favourite use for it!
- To link it to literacy, you could tell stories using the items from the tub.
- As a gross motor activity, you could place a mix of items from the tub with other items beginning with different letters and play a relay game. When we do this I place the objects at the end of Paige’s tunnel and she crawls through to collect the correct items and return them to me. To make it exciting I set her the target of completing this in the time of her chosen song, which I play whilst she is relaying!
- As a fine motor activity, you could use a scarf, ribbon or string to draw a large letter on the floor and invite your toddler to trace the letter with the items.
- To test their memory skills, you could hide all the items in a non-transparent bag and see how many your toddler can remember – you might be surprised with how good they are – I was!
- To develop their language skills, you could place an item in a non-transparent bag and ask them to describe how it feels to you. This could also be presented as a guessing game!
- To develop their vocabulary, you could place a few of the items on the floor in a line opposite a line of their names and give your toddler string or ribbon to match up the name to the item.
- For a sensory activity, you could hide some of items in rice, stones or sand and invite your toddler to find them.
- To get creative you could invite your toddler to draw around some of the items and create a jigsaw for them to complete later.
Or there’s simply drawing, measuring or counting them!
When any of my planned letter of the week activities have been linked to an item in the tub, I have used that item to introduce the activity and reinforce the connection.
As you can see planning this simple tub provides you with endless preparation free activities and so many learning opportunities – your toddler is sure to have a favourite here!