Cognitive Development Activity: Oatmeal Container & Popsicle Sticks
Encourage your toddler to expand mental processing and thinking skills with this cognitive development activity.
This activity will help your toddler concentrate longer. Additionally, turning the popsicle sticks around to go through the holes help your toddler gain perceptual and spatial abilities.
What you need for this activity:
- Empty carton/container (I used an empty oatmeal container)
- Popsicle sticks
- Sharp scissor
Optional: You can personalize the container with papers and colors. I left it plain so the container did not distract my daughter from the purpose of this activity.
Cut several holes in the plastic container lid. Try not to make them too big because you want your toddler work on pushing the popsicle sticks through. This will help build strength in your toddler’s hands.
At first, my daughter, Coral had a hard time pushing the popsicle sticks in. However once she figured out that she had to push harder she did it easily.
Sit your toddler at the table and place the container and popsicle sticks in front of him/her. Let your toddler to have time to figure out what to do. If he/she need help then push one popsicle stick through one of the holes in the container lid.
This cognitive development activity kept Coral busy for about 30 minutes!
When we are not doing this activity, I store all the popsicle sticks in the empty oatmeal container.
If you want to do more activities with your toddler, check the Rainbow Rice Sensory Activity out!