We like to cook and play grocery store. Those food boxes add to our play. In fact, I like to use them instead of play food. Sometimes I buy smaller versions so I can use the boxes.
We have used the containers in our blocks center. These containers add some additional elements to our constructions. I put these containers out and told kids they could use them if they wanted as they built. They had a great time exploring. (See more about this activity on my blog.)
We've made musical instruments from containers. Put gravel or rice in small containers to make shakers. Use larger containers as drums. Instruments can store inside these larger containers, too. (Read about our small shakers and larger shakers.)
Containers have even helped us paint. We put paper inside an oatmeal container (or similar container). Drop in paint-covered marbles or balls, put on the lid, and roll it around. (This post has more information about that activity.)
We've also used containers for these activities—
- A feel box or guessing game - slide a large sock over an oatmeal container and place items inside
- Puzzles - cut fronts from cereal boxes and cut the fronts into pieces
- Books - cut labels from containers and boxes - place in a small photo album; or mount the labels on poster board and bind together with yarn or binder rings
Rescue those containers from the trash can (or don't toss them in the first place!). How have you used food containers and boxes with kids?
My name is Scott, though most call me Mr. Scott. I love teaching preschoolers and kindergartners. I have been working with kids for over 25 years. I've been a teacher, preschool center director, volunteer, curriculum writer and editor, and workshop and conference leader. I blog at Brick by Brick.