Fun to Play | Blocks and Boxes
for parents and their young children
Sizing Things Up
Separate four stacking measuring cups. Let your child play with them discovering how they go together. Help her put the smallest cup into the biggest cup and learn that there is no room for the others. See if she can solve the problem of what to do with the two other cups. Take one cup away leaving three cups and see if that is easier for her. After she has had a chance to play and experiment with the cups, show her how to nest the four measuring cups. You may use a post and graduated rings as an alternative for this activity. Use different objects from the kitchen for nesting such as a plastic mixing bowl set or recycled plastic containers that nest inside of each other. Your baby is learning about cause and effect.
(Twelve to eighteen Months)