Container Dropbox

Math & Sciences

10-18 months 

Slots of fun! By matching specific size items with their corresponding slots, your child will gain an understanding of shapes and sizes. They will also develop essential skills such as palmar grasp, object permanence, and hand-eye coordination.


  • A variety of recycled containers with removable lid (e.g., coffee can, laundry pod tub, peanut butter tub, shoe box)
  • Items to slot (e.g., playing cards, beverage coasters, buttons, etc.)
  • Stickers (Optional)
  • Sharp knife


Set up the container(s)

  1. Carefully cut one or multiple openings in the lids of the containers. The slot(s) should be long and wide enough for item(s) to fit through. Try making different size slots in the lid. 
  2. Gather an assortment of items which can fit between the slotAim to use thin items which are not too large (e.g., playing cards, beverage coasters, buttons, etc.).  
  3. Feel free to put stickers on items as an additional feature for your child to visually identify items. 

Start slotting!

  1. Present your child with the various items to slot and allow them to figure out for themselves what items match the specific slots for each container. 
  2. Once all the items have been slotted, assist your child to open the container and remove the items. 
  3. If your child is struggling to grasp the concept, try demonstrating with each item.

CHOKING HAZARD Be careful of small items (e.g. buttons) as young children tend to investigate by placing such items in their mouth. Constant supervision is required. 

At Learning Jungle, we believe all children are capable, confident and full of potential. Co-learning empowers your child to take initiative. Encouraging child participation and engaging in open-ended, thought-provoking conversation throughout play is important for healthy child development.

Conversations with your child

  • It disappeared! Where did it go? 
  • Can you put all the items in the container? 
  • Do you need help to open the lid? 
  • Can you slot one item in the container? 
  • You choose which item to slot! 
  • Let’s count how many items we have in the container.

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