Studies at Home for Twos: Week One
This is the second post of a five-part series, Studies at Home for Twos. Each Monday, over the next four weeks, Erin Seagraves, author of many resources in The Creative Curriculum®, will be sharing guidance to engage your child in a hands-on study of containers at home.
Welcome to week one of Studies at Home for Twos! I’m so excited to begin studying containers that are commonly found within your home, such as food storage containers, bottles, bowls, and bins.
Why study containers?
Have you ever noticed your child playing with a container? You may have seen them feed a baby doll a bottle; pack pretend play foods into a lunch box; or stack, nest, and bang on the containers they emptied out of your kitchen cupboards. Containers are fascinating to young children because they offer opportunities to open and close, fill and dump, take apart and put together, imitate what they see adults doing, and complete tasks independently. Also, the wide variety of container types means that you can follow your child’s interest to explore containers in your own unique way as they play, create, eat, and drink!
Children’s natural curiosity about and interest in containers can lead to many questions. We will begin our Studies at Home for Twos series by investigating the question How do you open and close containers?
Week 1: How do you open and close containers?
Outlined below are five activities to explore with your child. You may choose to do one activity each day or a few activities one day and none another—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: What are containers? What containers do we have at home?
- Show your child a few simple containers such as food storage containers, lunchboxes, or shoeboxes. Tell your child that they are all containers!
- Explore the items with your child and wonder aloud: “I wonder what other containers we have in our home?”
- Invite your child to go on a “container hunt” with you and collect or point out other containers you have around your home. Tell your child each of the container’s names.
✓ wipes containers
✓ take-out containers
✓ food storage containers
✓ tissue boxes
✓ measuring cups
✓ soap dispensers
✓ spray bottles
✓ toothpaste tubes
✓ baby bottles
✓ shape sorters
✓ cereal boxes
✓ trash cans
Activity 3: The Great Lid Match! Twist, twist, twist your hands. Twist them back and forth. Clap them high. Clap them low. Now clap them very slow. Thank you for taking part in our Studies at Home for Twos! I can’t wait to see what you and your child discover about opening and closing containers this week. Share your discoveries with us in the comments below or via social media using the #studiesathome—don’t forget to tag us! Check back next Monday for activities that focus on the next investigation question:
Problem-solving is an important component of your child’s cognitive development. Two-year-old children often solve problems by watching others and imitating their actions. By modeling or showing your child different strategies for figuring out how to put a lid back on a container, you are building a positive relationship with her and supporting her cognitive development!
Often times young children are most engaged when they get to take part in typical routines and activities that happen around the home, such as helping a family member wash windows or vacuum up crumbs from underneath the table. Consider extending or modifying this activity to pack a picnic lunch or snack in a lunchbox with your child. They can help open the container, put the food inside, and close the container. Then you can enjoy your picnic together on a blanket in your yard or on your living room floor!
Warm up for activity 5 by inviting your child to twist and clap his hands as you sing the following to the tune of, “Row, Row, Row Your Boat.”
What do containers hold?
Activity 3: The Great Lid Match!
Twist, twist, twist your hands. Twist them back and forth. Clap them high. Clap them low. Now clap them very slow.
Thank you for taking part in our Studies at Home for Twos! I can’t wait to see what you and your child discover about opening and closing containers this week. Share your discoveries with us in the comments below or via social media using the #studiesathome—don’t forget to tag us!
Check back next Monday for activities that focus on the next investigation question: