The Power of Parenting

Tuesday, 01 September 2020

Fill and Empty, Stack and Sort

Babies explore by handling and grasping things. Filling containers and emptying them again, stacking and knocking things down, and sorting all introduce infants to many math concepts. Through this time with you, your baby learns a lot!

Please use only unbreakable materials!


You will need:
  • A large ice cream container, a bucket, boxes, containers and objects in a variety of shapes, sizes, and colours.


Enjoy this more with Comfort, Play & Teach™:


  • Smile and praise your baby so that she takes pride in her efforts as she begins to experiment and explore and makes discoveries about her ability to problem-solve. She will associate your loving words with her learning experiences and feel encouraged to continue using the materials.



  • Talk to your baby as he explores the materials. For example, tell him the bucket is full or empty, that what he built is very tall, or that he is holding a blue square. These interactions introduce him to concepts like volume, measurement and shape.



  • Introduce your baby to different shapes gradually, at first providing only one shape and adding others as your baby is ready. Cut shape holes into the lid of the container which match the objects. Provide modeling and encouragement as your baby learns to insert the shapes into the matching hole.