Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Toddler Activity (18-24 months) #1: Flip Top Lid Fun

Almost daily I look at things I throw away and ask myself, "Could B play with that in any way?"  Sometimes the answer is no and in the trash it goes, but as I continued to throw away plastic flip tops lids I thought, "This could help B improve his fine motor skills by opening/closing, stacking, and threading them."

I began saving flip tops lids from our:
  • coffee creamer
  • salad dressing
  • Vitamins
  • other condiments
  • shampoo bottles
Once I had saved 8+, I gave them to my son with a few ribbons and showed him how to:
  • open and close each one
  • thread a ribbon through the openings (sorry about the blur, we like to shake them while they are on the ribbon)
  • pull them off the ribbon
  • stack them
  • place other objects inside them

If you try this at home, I would love to hear other ways you and your toddler used flip-top lids, so leave a comment and let me know.

Tip #8:  Does your child have a toy he/she struggles to play with (ie. puzzles, shape sorter, etc.)?  Try to break it down (in your head) into more simple steps until your child can complete the whole process.  For example, instead of focusing on fitting the shapes through the shape sorter hole, first encourage them to match each shape to the correct hole. 

Be sure to check out 10 other activities for 12+ months

Linking up with Living Life Intentionally, No Time For Flash Cards, and  I Can Teach My Child


Amy said...

great idea and he looks so cute playing with the lids too!

Amy @ Missional Mama

Amy said...

great idea and he looks so cute playing with the lids too!

Amy @ Missional Mama

Anonymous said...

that is a great idea!

Tiffany said...

Love this idea! I will have to start collecting flip tops and think outside of the box like this!

Casey Martinez said...

Girl, I love your posts that talk about age appropriate activities because I always get so many ideas from you! This is awesome! I just spent $2 at TArget for a bag of blocks with holes in the middle and long strings to thread them but, they are hard for Daisy to handle because they are so small. This is much better so I will begin saving coffee cream tops!

Beth (www.livinglifeintentionally.blogspot.com) said...

What a fun idea! Aren't you a clever, plan-ahead Mom with all the lids! I am your newest follower. Thanks for linkinkg up to TGIF! Have a GREAT thanksgiving & I will see you next week,
Beth =-)

Rebecca said...

This is a GREAT idea!! Love the way you utilize all of your resources to save time and money!!

Sara @ Embracing Destiny said...

Good idea! I'll have to try this.

Carolina said...

Since talking to you and Kindra last week, everytime I'm about throw about a container I ask myself if Jack would like it! Thanks for the ideas