Remember how I said that I go through phases of saving things I think I might reuse someday, like cardboard tubes, tissue boxes, fancy cookie tins, and canned food tins, for example…well, here is another simple activity that resulted from all the cans I’d saved last winter. (Click here for my post about reusing food cans to make wind chimes).
One morning, after making breakfast I simply got tired of having these cans stashed in my kitchen pantry, so I dumped them in the playroom…
…you can imagine why I might be tired of having this on the pantry floor…and this was only a fraction of the mess…but the kiddies made good use of them. William immediately began stacking the cans on top of one another to build a series of towers.
Now, if I were super fabulous I would have modge podged the cans with cute wrapping paper, or at least spray painted them. One thing I certainly suggest is using pliers to pull off the sharp piece of metal left over from cutting the top off with the can opener. Those cans with a pull top need to be duck taped around the top to protect little fingers from cutting themselves on the metal.
William and Corinne both were excited to see the mess of cans in the front room. Corinne banged on them and William stacked. This turned out to be a great impromptu math lesson on measurement because of the large variety of can sizes. With only one “bottom” to each can, they could only be stacked one way, which was a new challenge, and the widths varied, so some could not be stacked with others, another unusual challenge.
Stacking the cans required a great deal of patience and balance on William’s part. Since the cans did not snap together and most didn’t even have that nice nestling bottom perfect for an organized pantry, William had to be very, very careful while putting the cans one on top of the other.
Just the slightest misstep, or not so slight, would make the tower topple over!
William affectionately calls Corinne “Monster Baby” because she is always seeming to undo all his hard work. But the fun of building a tower is knocking it over, right? And with all the measurement concepts he was learning, I didn’t mind the shouting, “No! Monster Baby knocked over my tower!” As the fun continued it eventually turned into, “Okay, Monster Baby. You knock it over now.”
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I am Sarah, an educator turned stay-at-home mama of five! I am the owner and creator of Stay At Home Educator, a website about intentional teaching and purposeful learning in the early childhood years. I’ve taught range of levels, including preschool and college, and a little bit of just about everything in between. Right now, my focus is teaching my children and running a preschool from my home. Credentials include: Bachelors in Art, Masters in Curriculum and Instruction