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18th October
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This goes very well with the rhyme, Open Them Shut Them:

Open, shut them
Open, shut them
Give a little clap, clap, clap!
Open, shut them
Open, shut them
Lay them in your lap, lap lap.
Creep them crawl them , creep them crawl them
Right up to your chin, chin chin
Open up your little mouth
But do not let them in!

A Variety of containers with different opening mechanisms: a box, a tin, a plastic egg, an eyeglasses case
Using an assortment of containers that open in different ways allows children to explore in a very tactile way, and understand what “open” and “shut” mean, while also building upon their hand-eye coordination and motor skills.
You can choose to hide objects inside — but most small children will be intrigued even if the boxes, tins, and eggs are completely empty.

It is important to remember your audience – do not put items that the children could choke on inside the containers, and remember that string and yarn can be a strangulation hazard (this is probably obvious to many of you, but just in case…)

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