Baby Play: Muffin Tin Sorting

Baby Pop and I had some play time together while Big Sister slept this afternoon. This means that she actually got to play all by herself without interruption, which is a rarity!

She is really fascinated with putting things into boxes and containers at the moment and will spend ages investigating how things fit together, at a very basic level.

So I gave her a muffin tin and an egg carton, then cut up a couple of long cardboard tubes into a pile of little pieces. I sat with her and put some into the holes in the tin and she laughed and copied.

She carefully picked them up and examined them and placed some in the tin, filling up most of the holes. Then she noticed the egg carton and loved opening and closing it repeatedly to discover what it could do. She absolutely loves boxes so this was a real hit with her. Got to love what the recycling box has to offer!

Then she started to take them from the tin and put them into the box instead, closing it and opening it to see if they were still there.

Simple and fun investigative baby play…

…that absorbed her attention, made her think……

…and was apparently lots of fun too!

This idea is shared at 

play academy and abc button


  1. says

    She is just precious!!!! I love how you use simple, inexpensive activities to teach and entertain your children. It’s NOT the high-tech, expensive toys they love the most! My 4 year old son can play for hours with a few Matchbox cars and a roll from wrapping paper or paper towels.

  2. says

    This is a really great idea. I wondered if you’d like to be featured in our Go Play! Showcase? I don’t know if you’ve seen the showcase on NurtureStore but I’d love to include you. Maybe drop me an e-mail if you’d like to?

  3. Beth says

    this is fantastic! i never know what to “do” with my little one (if you know what I mean!). She is 7 months – so i’m stockpiling these ideas for the future as she is still a little way off playing them….any ideas for a 7 month old??