Circular weaving using a cardboard frame
Clay's Infant Environment Part 1

Five Things - Activities using coloured tokens


I purchased these tokens just after Caspar was born. At the time I didn't know exactly what we would do with them but I knew they would be useful. Over the last three years we have used them in so many ways. Here are a few of our favourite activities using coloured tokens.

1. Money box 

An oldie but a goodie. Caspar used this from 12 months. It's made from an old yoghurt container with an opening cut in the lid. The lid is really easy to get off and on and with a little practice the child can do this too. This was an all time favourite, it was on his shelves for almost a year. 


2. Colour matching

This is an activity he used from 2 years. But look at him today, he still thinks it's fun.


3. Counting 

This is a current activity. We count a lot but he is only just starting to recognise the numbers. 


4. Balancing/weighing

I featured these new scales last week and as they are still a novelty we are using them with everything, including tokens.  


 5. Patterning/sequencing

This is a current activity also. The great thing about this is you can make it as easy or hard as you like, just change the difficulty of the pattern. I start the pattern by sticking the tokens to the card with blu-tack and then let Caspar finish it. 


Open ended materials like this provide so many activity options for such little cost. It makes me wonder what we will use them for next. 


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