Motherhood, Art, Creative Play, and Finding Joy in Everyday Life

Toddler Play: An Opening And Closing Bin and Stickers


A great battle has been fought here these last 72 hours. It is still ongoing, but dying down now. We have passed this flu from person to person, and we are all finally eating (just a little) solid food. Someday I believe we will look back and laugh at the ridiculousness of my 30th birthday and the family flu we shared. Right now…it still isn’t funny.

Assuming the husband is doing as well tomorrow as I am today(*knock on wood*), and no one has any relapses, we will be attempting a birthday do-over. Here’s hoping.

The child has spent a fair amount of time moping, crying, clinging, sleeping, and whining. All to be expected, and answered with hugs. In-between though, he had moments of cheerfulness and play. Jeramy and I kept commenting what a trooper our child is through the rough times.

So here are a couple of the activities I came up with for distraction for my achy and ill toddler during some of those better times.

I saw this idea on pinterest, and thought it would be a terrific way to engage my mechanically minded child, while also helping him with his fine motor skill development. Basically, it is a container filled with littler containers that I rounded up from around the house. Two little boxes that I received gifts in, an old Altoids container, and two other small empty tins. I also found a couple of little compact mirrors that I had been saving in my art supplies bins for years now, with a project in mind that I have never gotten around to.

He happily dove into the bin, first spending considerable time taking them all out, and then arranging them back in the larger container. Then, he worked at opening them, asking for “Hep!” (Help) when he couldn’t quite get it. He also really loved looking at the “Babeee!” in the mirrors.

I also recently received an offer to join a movie club in the mail. I have no intention of joining, but I did save the sheets of stickers that they sent along, thinking Simon might enjoy exploring them. So, when he needed a change of activity, I grabbed the sticker sheets and some of his coloring paper, and we spread out on the floor. I showed him how I could peel a sticker off of the sheet and stick it onto the paper, and he got right into it. This is another great fine motor skill activity, because of the muscle control required by the fingers and hands to peel and stick.

The containers bin now has a spot on a shelf for more play, and we have lots of stickers left for another time.

Note: So much thanks to those who left well-wishes on my last post!!!


Author: thismummaslife

I am a Mumma, Wife and part-time Assistant Children's Librarian. I want this blog to be a collection of moments from daily life that may inspire or be relatable. Please feel free to leave me comments, thoughts, feedback or stories from your own life.

3 thoughts on “Toddler Play: An Opening And Closing Bin and Stickers

  1. Great ideas! What a cutie pie! I’m glad everyone is feeling better! That’s rough!

  2. Really great idea – I will I had a little one to try this with! Feel better everyone!!!

  3. Free stickers in the mail are the best kept secret!!! We keep ours, too.

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