Tuesday, April 21, 2009

The Open and Shut Game

I've been wanting to make this game for a while, having seen it on various blogs and knowing Miss O would love this. I think I first saw it on this blog. For some reason, I just thought I didn't have that many things that opened and closed in different ways. Turns out, once I began looking, I had more than enough variety.

To make this game, I searched the house for empty containers that opened and shut in various ways. I washed everything and then I put all the open and shut items into one box which shuts with a clasp--another open and shut item. I haven't tried this out on Miss O yet, but I am pretty certain she will love this activity. It's very simple to create, but at the same time, it develops finger dexterity, focus and attention, and teaches cause and effect and logic. I'm thinking of adding a few small toys to the mix so that she can put them into the containers as she opens and closes them, thus adding the element of size and space into the mix. You can check out my picture for ideas on what kinds of containers to use for this activity, and if you have another idea, please leave a comment and share it with me! I love to hear your ideas!


Annette said...

Great idea!

TheRockerMom said...

Oooh! Sounds lovely! I'll have to try that!

Christy said...

I have never seen this before and yet it makes perfect sense. I have to do this! Thanks for posting.

Anonymous said...

Thank you so much! I'm an ESL Teacher in Japan and this is a great idea for my baby class!

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