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Does it Fit?

Sweet Pea is 24 months old.

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From: A family friend told us about this great “Does it Fit?” activity.

Procedure: Cut an empty paper towel roll in half and gather a collection of objects that do and don’t fit through the roll.  We used a dog bone, a chap stick tube, a ball, some keys, a large and small crumpled piece of paper, etc.

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Present the tube and objects to your toddler and demonstrate putting an object into the tube.  If it will fall through the tube say, “Oh, look it fits!” and if it doesn’t say, “No, this one doesn’t fit.”  Show your tot a couple of different objects until they get the idea and then let them do it themselves.

Observations: I would definitely recommend this for other tots.  Sweet Pea really had a good time with this.  She especially liked working with objects that would fit in one dimension, but not the other (like the dog bone).  She would hold it the bone lengthwise against the top of the roll and say “No.  No Fit.”  Next she turned the bone vertically and let it drop through as she said, “Fits!”

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Notes from the Trenches: Obviously anything small could be a choking hazard, but this actually seemed to go off without a hitch.

Rating: 4 out of 4 Stars (Easy, Independent, Frugal, Fun) *

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