Before you throw out that empty egg carton, repurpose it for a simple yet stimulating baby or toddler activity:
Egg Carton Filling!
Such environmentally-friendly, inexpensive and homemade activities are great for heuristic play, whereby young children explore new ways to interact with seemingly mundane household items.
For children with egg allergies or sensitivities, you could replace the egg carton with a muffin tray or ice cube tray!
What can you do with egg cartons?
Egg cartons have different compartments which make them great for sorting and organising little items. Getting your baby or toddler to fill and remove small items from the egg cartons (with or without colour coding) introduces them to this concept. The repetition of filling and removing also helps build focus and concentration skills in little ones.
For older toddlers, parents can try to introduce numerical concepts like counting and matching by assigning numbers to the items that go into the egg carton. Egg cartons are also useful for art and craft painting sessions as they can be used like a paint palette.
My Egg Carton Filling Activity
I used Gwen's small DUPLO bricks for this egg carton filling activity. I placed the bricks on one side of the egg carton and demonstrated shifting them to the adjacent side. Gwen looked on with interest.
When I was done, I encouraged Gwen to pick up the bricks and put them back in the compartments I pointed to. She didn't always place the bricks where I wanted her to but that was okay because she was experimenting what happens in different compartments.
While it's too early to do math introduction, I counted each brick as Gwen placed them in the carton to start building familiarity with numbers. I also sang nursery rhymes to do with number counting like "Five Little Ducks" since we were on this topic.
Gwen grew bored of this activity within several minutes because this activity does require significant concentration and focus. I put away the egg carton in the corner of her play area but she returned to it a few times in the day. I saw that as a cue to continue the activity each time she did it.
I hope this is a fun learning activity for your baby or toddler! Share your experience with me via Instagram Direct Chat at @miraculove_sg or Facebook Group.
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