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Learning Laboratory: In and out

Lily experiments with a toy and a box

Lily spent probably thirty minutes putting this small pony in and out of the empty Q-tips box she claimed. It’s a game that probably every child has played at some point, and a fantastic way to learn about spatial reasoning and object permanence.

MaryAnne lives in Silicon Valley with her Stanford professor husband Mike and their four children. She writes about parenting through education, creativity, and play. Mama Smiles - Joyful Parenting is a space to share crafts, hands on learning activities, and family outings that enrich lives and bring families together.

11 thoughts on “Learning Laboratory: In and out”

  1. Elisa | blissfulE

    Vi was doing some in-and-out today, and she clapped when she got everything back in. :)

    Love Lily’s outfit. It’s so wonderful to see children this young engrossed in an activity. They learn so rapidly!
    .-= Elisa | blissfulE´s last blog ..a train track innovation =-.

  2. Valerie @ Frugal Family Fun Blog

    LOL I remember my girls pulling toys in and out of boxes when they were little too! I was surprised how much time they spent totally engrossed in such a simple activity. Love the photo!
    .-= Valerie @ Frugal Family Fun Blog´s last blog ..Owl Family Play Set =-.

  3. Lily looks so preoccupied – it’s definitely also a good workout for those chubby fingers and wrists. Sand pictures look interesting!
    .-= Natalie´s last blog ..Fall Hiking =-.

  4. @Valerie – My kids always seem to love the simplest activities best – well, the simple ones and the messy ones!

    @Natalie – Great point, I didn’t even think about that!

    @Ticia – SO true!

  5. Alas, my Kate has found HER 30-minute activity: digging in Mum’s make-up drawer and decorating oneself. Lots of lessons in Object Permanence and Spatial Awareness, unfortunately coupled with Nailpolish Fumes Are Bad, Face Powder Does Not Dust Off Clothes Easily and Discipline Hurts.

    Lily is on the right track. Qtip packaging and small ponies are much better.
    .-= LiEr´s last blog ..Drafting Part XIII – Using Slopers With Commercial Patterns =-.

  6. Precious times. Watching your children engrossed in simple activities that they have discovered and enjoy is priceless.

    I popped over to Cathy’s Nurture Store and am amazed that I had not been there before. Needless to say, I will now be following this creative blog. Thank you for sharing it.
    .-= Elise´s last blog ..What Could It Be =-.

  7. @Quadmama – It’s so unpredictable what they will get into, too!

    @LiEr – Oh no! Here’s hoping Lily doesn’t discover that activity anytime soon!

    @Elise – That blog was new to me, too, until she linked up. I’m so glad she did, because she shares some fantastic ideas!

  8. She already seems so patient and eager to learn. You are going to have another smart one on your hands! My boys all just want to go, go, go all day and never sit still, except Joe, he is my learner:-)…even more so than Hanna!
    .-= Susana´s last blog ..BOB Books Winner =-.

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