This practical life activity is designed for 3-6-year-old children. In this activity, children will learn to open and close different containers.

The open and close activity focuses on fine motor development, problem-solving, cause and effect, and receptive and expressive language.

Opening and closing activities are ideal for practicing at home as it is easy to mix different containers, swap around and make more challenging when needed. The most exciting containers are different bottles and jars.

This open and close activity focuses on fine motor development, problem-solving, cause and effect, and receptive and expressive language.


Materials required for the open and close activity:

Four to six different sized containers. For example, plastic bottles with lids, loosely corked bottles, etc.
Note:

  • Choose containers of a size that small hands can handle.
  • Make sure the lids and caps of bottles are clean and safe for children.


Benefits of open and close container activity:

  1. Develop hand-eye coordination,
  2. Builds concentration
  3. Improve cognitive skills.
  4. Encourage independence
  5. Builds confidence

How to open and close a bottle?

  1. Place each bottle in front of the child in an ascending or descending order.
  2. Beginning with the left bottle, hold it from the base with one hand and open the lid using the opposite hand’s fingers.
  3. Place each lid in front of its corresponding container/bottle.
  4. Repeat step 3 with the second bottle and so on.
  5. Now, repeat this activity by showing the child how to close the lid of the bottle


Repeat the activity with some other containers at home such as:


Watch the video to learn how to open and close different-sized bottle lids.

 

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Video created by: by Kata Lovassy

Primary | Practical Life | Fine Motor | Opening and Closing: Variation 1 (English)

This video has been added and used with the author’s permission. It is also available on the author’s YouTube, here.


Tags

  • English
  • Practical Life
  • primary