Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Pre-Toddler Activity #7: Muffin Pan Surprise

B was sick last week, so we spent a lot more time in the house.  Therefore, I had to get creative with our play time.  I decided to have a little fun with a muffin pan.

What you need:
  • Muffin Pan
  • Various objects to place inside each muffin tin
  • Tape
  • Lids from travel coffee mugs and/or water bottles
Objects included: Beaded Necklace, Magnets, Retractable Measuring Tape, Coins, Bow Tie, Cookies, Ball, Outlet Cover, Cotton, Block, Buttons, and Goldfish
What to do:
  • Fill each muffin tin with random objects from around your house.
  • Tape over individual tins or cover with travel mug lid
  • Allow your child to uncover and explore each tin

I would recommend including a few snacks.  Cookies are a rare treat for B, so he was very excited when he uncovered two small cookies and a tin of Goldfish.

Tip #4: Children will be more likely to play with a toy over and over again if it is not within their line of sight on a day to day basis.  Put toys away and pull them out after a few days or weeks.

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Kindra said...

This is a great idea! Are you sure you didn't miss your calling as a child life specialist? :)

Casey Martinez said...

You are so incredibly creative with your little man. I love the activities that you come up with! More inspiration for me. thank you!

Warren Baldwin said...

Great photos, as always.

I've used three of your photos of church buildings in a recent post on my other blog (for Bible Study and ministry stuff). It is here:


Unknown said...

Such a great idea! We use muffin tins for activities all the time, so this is a great way to change it up! :)

Emily Kate said...

I have been searching the internet for busy bag ideas for a couple weeks now. This is the first time I've seen any activity ideas that are actually developmentally appropriate for my daughter (17 months). THANK YOU so much! I look forward to hearing any other ideas you share in the future!

Holly said...

I did this for my son today, he loved it! It didn't take him long to rip them all open, lol. I thought I was going to laugh myself silly when the tape stuck to his hand.