The beginning of the school year is a great time to start a tradition of open and close baskets for preschoolers. This is an activity you can vary throughout the year according to season, upcoming holiday, unit study, or developmental level.
For my Montessori-Inspired Valentine’s Day Activities post, I used a photo from Counting Coconuts of an open and close basket for Valentine’s Day with Valentine’s Day themed containers and heart-shaped erasers inside each container.
Open and close baskets are amazingly popular with preschoolers and are wonderful preliminary practical life exercises for eye-hand coordination as well as developing concentration and a sense of order. Here are some great examples of open and close baskets you can use at any time during the year.
Leptir (photo at top of post) has an open and close activity with photos and detailed directions.
Confessions of a Montessori Mom has open and close using zippers and snaps. This also has detailed directions.
Counting Coconuts typically has an open and close basket, each container holding a small pebble or other small object.
Discovery Days and Montessori Moments had miniature farm animals in open and close containers for a farm unit.
One Hook Wonder has an open and close activity with a little fish hidden inside.
Mama to 4 Blessings has an open and close tray containing different types of contact lens cases.
Parenting in the Moment has an open and close activity that includes counting glass beads.
To the Lesson! has opening and closing jars included as part of a spooning pony beads activity.
Our Natural Journey has an opening and closing tutorial.
Montessori Primary Guide has directions for presenting open and close bottles.
Here’s a video presentation for opening and closing bottles:
Montessori Primary Guide also has directions for presenting open and close boxes.
Here’s the video presentation for opening and closing boxes:
UPDATE: An Everyday Story has an open-and-close basket for babies.
I’d love to hear about the open and close activities you’ve used!
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