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How to use Home Available Objects for Teaching Your Toddler and Preschoolers

 

You can use the objects in the left column to teach your children about counting, sorting, measuring and cleaning. It doesn't cost anything and your kids can have fun too!

Objects Purpose

Kitchen

Plastic jars
margarine tubs
sponge
ice cube tray
egg carton
paper towel tubes
Pringle cans
coffee cans
corks
milk cartons
pie tins
straws
empty salt shakers
oatmeal boxes
baby food jars
meat trays
applesauce/yogurt cups
pots and pans
cupboards
Drawers
paper grocery bags
tablecloths
old canisters
Zip-loc bags
dishes
measuring cups
wooden spoons
metal spoons
cookie sheets
wax paper
cookie cutters
cupcake pans
dishpans
jello-molds
juice cans
mixing bowls
cornstarch
gelatin
pudding

Bathroom

Soap dish
nail brush
tooth brush
hair brush
back scrubber
wide tooth comb
squirt bottles
sponges
towels
Washcloths
cotton balls
toilet paper rolls
mirrors – hand, wall
eye dropper
shaving cream
boxes: band-aids, q-tip, toothpaste

 

Bedroom

Old clothes
hats
pillows
jewelry box
small gift boxes
cloth belts
old shoes
handbags
alarm clock

Garage/Basement

Plumber’s tubing
wall paper scraps
large corrugated cartons
middle-sized cartons
hats made from newspapers
patio lanterns
wheels (from broken toys)

Kitchen

collecting, counting
measuring, sorting
cleaning
counting
measuring
vocalizing, singing
drums, rattles
drums, rattles
counting, measuring
measuring
rhythm instruments
counting, making sets
smelling jars
drums, rattles
dumping, pouring
counting, sorting, matching
color, shape sort
matching, dumping, pouring
arranging, sorting
sorting, grouping
masks
surface protecting
crayon storage
collecting
filling, cutting, stirring
sand toys
banging, stirring
housekeeping
cookies
folding, cutting, tearing
cutting play dough
mud pies
water play
sand play
paint containers
making clay
making gelatin
making pudding
 

Bathroom

Holding objects, slipper
cleans doll, animals
teeth and sides of tub
brushes hair and dolls hair
clean sides of tub
combs hair and doll’s hair
sprays, cleans
wipes, cleans
dries objects
washes self, baby, animals

 

Pats, smiles, looks, waves
squeezing, pinching
rolling, gluing

 


Bedroom

Dramatic play
dramatic play


manipulative play

lacing skills
dramatic play
listening skills
 

Garage/Basement

tracking tube
cut and paste
hiding, climbing
pushing, pulling
dramatic play
decoration
rolling, pushing, pulling

Ask Dr. Susan