Dump and Fill


FromActivities for Responsive Caregiving,  Jean Barbre

What to have – Large and small unbreakable containers – An assortment of items for filling and dumping containers (such as large beads, toy farm animals, ABC blocks, and large pegs) Suggested Books – Colors, ABC, Numbers by Roger Priddy – Dig Dig Digging by Margaret Mayo – Richard Scarry’s Best First Book Ever! by Richard Scarry

What to do Toddlers love to fill containers with items and then dump them out. Place all of the items in the large containers and invite the children to dump them out. You need to demonstrate how to fill the containers so they can be dumped again. Talk to the children about how many items they can get in a container and how the items sound when they are dumped out. Read the suggested books, introduce the vocabulary words, and sing and chant with the children.

Why LEARNING OUTCOMES Social-Emotional Development – Sense of self – Personal identity – Relationships with adults – Relationships with peers – Sharing Physical Development – Perception – Fine-motor skills Cognitive Development - Cause and effect - Connecting experiences – Memory – Spatial awareness – Number awareness – Imitating others – Progression of play – Following simple directions Language Development – Receptive language – Expressive language – Communicating needs – Connecting words with real-world knowledge – Concept words – Using language in play

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Activities for Responsive Caregiving: Infants, Toddlers, and Twos

By Jean Barbre Copyright 2013 2-Year

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