Saturday 23 June 2012


Montessori Activity: Opening & Closing Containers with Lids

Age: From 3 years old

Activity Duration: 5 - 15 minutes


1. To train the child's fine motor skills.
2. To teach colors.
3. To distinguish between sizes
4. Teaching a sense of order


1. 1 set of containers with lids of different sizes and colours
2. 1 tray (I am using a lap-table)


1. Demonstrate how to open the container, putting the lid on one side and the container on the other side.

2. Then slide close the lid.

3. Encourage your child to try.


Set of 8 Containers with lids: 39 DKK (8.50 SGD) from Netto

Additional Information:

I bought this set of containers to serve as inner-boxes for J's bento style lunch box. Before we started to use it, J wanted to play Montessori with it. J could not open those lids when he was two years old at the day care, and I have not used the lids. So today, I let J practiced opening and putting back the lids. At 3 years old, he  (3Y3M18D) could open the lids very well now, but it is still a challenge for him to put back the lids.

Thereafter, we stack the containers from big to small, from small to big. We also divided them into two equal sets (this is a subtle lesson on division Maths concept in a fun way) and Mommy stacked one set and J stacked on set. We competed on speed, and it was very fun for J.

I use the lap-table for this, asking J to put the lids in one of the side compartments and the containers in the other side compartment of the lap table.  I have been very pleased with the lap-table and it is a good tray to be used along with many Montessori activities. We also use it for reading.

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