Toddler Busy Play: Measuring Cups & Pots

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Toddler Activity: Measuring Cups & Pots

 

I was trying to get some bars in the oven to bake, and the boys were not getting along for the life of them the other day and I needed to separate them.

To keep George in the kitchen with me, but also to allow me to accomplish something, I simply handed him my set of measuring cups and a pot with a lid.

It worked. A simple busy play set up perfect for a toddler.

He loved the measuring cups. Fitting them together and taking them apart many times.

He also mimicked me. Pretending to scoop and dump into the pot.

Also putting all the cups into the pot and closing the lid was great entertainment!

Mission accomplished. Bars in the oven. No more fighting between the boys. Back to playing.

What would your kids do with a set of measuring cups?

Just pots and pans are a great distraction for kids too! George gets into that cupboard quite frequently!

George is 23 months old.

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Comments

  1. Margaret says

    My 24-month-old likes measuring cups, too. Nesting them, spreading them out, etc. He almost always gets them out when he is working with a bowl of dry lima beans (or popcorn kernels), too. Sometimes I will fill a pan of water and put it in the kitchen sink with the measuring cups…pull up a stool for him…and it is nearly endless entertainment.

  2. Dee Dee says

    Hi Jamie!
    My little one Lucy has an entire cabinet devoted to her for play. I have measuring cups and stackable bowls in there for her to sort, stack, and play with. She can easily spend 20 minutes in there playing while I’m prepping dinner :)
    Love your ideas!
    Dee Dee

  3. says

    I often give my youngest (11 months) a pan and a spoon, the wire whisk – really anything is fine for him. People spend a ridiculous amount of money on fancy toys when the most entertaining thing is sometimes a spatula and a small cutting board!

  4. says

    Love the simple items we can find in the kitchen for learning play.
    Thanks for the post. Come visit me at toddlersthroughpreschool anytime and leave some feedback!
    Cathie J

  5. tricia says

    We do this, too- On vacation, a pack of marbles, a small set of legos and red solo cups kept the kids happy for weeks! A few pieces of tupperware and it was heaven. :)

  6. Jennifer says

    My 20-month old son loves to pour water back and forth into measuring cups and containers. In the bath he uses a large plastic measuring cup and a couple small plastic food containers and will do this for as long as you’ll let him. When not in the bath, he uses containers and cups to play with pom poms.

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