My daughter loved keeping busy by emptying the contents and putting them back in again. It not only made her feel as if she was able to explore, make connections, be entertained whilst I worked in the kitchen, but it actually gave me some time to prepare her meals.
Who can play?
Babies that are crawling and toddlers
Ensure that the objects in your baby/toddlers allocated draw are safe.
Only include items that are not sharp, glass, breakable or heavy.
Supervision is highly recommended at all times.
Be mindful that little fingers can get trapped in doors/draws.
What do you need?
The first thing you need to find is a bottom draw or lower cupboard shelf in your kitchen, that you do not need and is in easy reach of your baby/toddler.
A selection of objects that are safe for your baby to play with. Here are a few examples:
- Empty cereal boxes. Bee loved empty porridge tubs because she could bang on them with a spoon.
- Pan lids
- Wooden and metal spoons
- Wooden egg cups
- Tupperware containers of various sizes
- empty tin boxes
- metal bowls
- mini brush and shovel for older toddlers
- Small books
- Communication and language-Speaking and listening. Talking about what they are finding and what they are doing.
- Physical development- Developing fine and large manipulative skills when picking up objects. Hand-eye coordination.
- Personal, social and emotional- Making relationships, social skills, feelings and self help
- Mathematics- Shapes, space, measurement, number counting and recognition
- Understanding of the world- learning about their community and the world around them. Learning about different tools and their uses.
- Expressive arts and design- creativity and role play when pretending to cook etc.
What could be done next?
This could be done in other rooms in the house, for instance a lower draw in the bathroom could include rollers, empty shampoo bottles (minus lids) and brushes.