Welcome to the last week of Studies at Home for Twos! This week, we will investigate the question How do people use containers? to discover the many practical and creative ways people use containers to store, carry, create, and play.
Time to Celebrate!
Now that it’s the last week of the study, it’s time to celebrate what you and your child have learned about containers. The small ways your child changes and grows each week add up to big steps in their development and learning. During this week, take some time to reflect on how your child engaged in the study activities. What skills did they practice or master? What new words did they say? How did they engage and persist throughout activities? What were they curious and excited about?
Week 4 Activities: How do people use containers?
Outlined below are four activities and a special celebration to explore with your child. You may choose to do one or a few activities each day––whatever works best for you and your child! If you notice your child losing interest in an activity, take a break and try again later. Repetition is an important element in young children’s learning, because each time they engage with the materials they are building on what they know. Additionally, if you do not have the suggested material for an activity, feel free to swap it out for something you already have on hand.
Activity 1: People Use Containers to Clean
Activity 2: People Use Containers to Hold Food
Activity 3: People Use Containers to Carry Things
- Show your child a bucket or bag and a variety of items that fit inside, such as blocks, cars, small books, or other toys.
- Ask your child to help you drop items into the bucket or bag until it is full. Pick up the bucket or bag and say, “Oh, this bucket is heavy because it is so full!”
- Invite your child to lift and carry the bucket or bag.
- Invite your child to fill and look through the clear and colored containers.
- Talk with your child about how buckets or bags help them carry many items at the same time: “I want to carry all of these blocks to the rug, but I can’t hold them all. Look if we put them in the bucket, we can carry them all to the rug!”
Activity 4: People Use Containers to Play!
Activity 5: Celebrating Learning
When the study ends, it is important to reflect on and celebrate your child’s learning. Below is a suggestion of how to celebrate, but you can choose to celebrate in any way that is meaningful to you and your child.
- Show your child a collection of containers you used throughout the study.
- Play an “I Spy” game with your child by giving her clues to find various containers in the displayed collection.
- You can describe a container by its color, shape, use, what it holds, where it usually is in your home, or other detail your child learned during the study.
- You might say, “Can you find the small container that we use to feed our baby dolls? That’s right! It’s the baby bottle,” “Look for the container that is clear and square. You found it!,” or “Where is the tall, black container that we put trash in? There it is. It’s our trash can.”
Thank you for taking part in our Studies at Home for Twos! It has been a joy to share these activities with you and to support the meaningful and important work that you do as your child’s first and best teacher. If you have any stories or picture from the study, share them in the comments below or via social media using the #studiesathome—don’t forget to tag us!
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