6 Different Ways to Play with Stacking Cups
Exploring the cups.
For babies about 6 months place the cups around baby (if you need to, place a cup in baby’s hand) in no particular order for them to reach out and explore with their little fingers. Watch how they start to pass the cup from hand to hand, they will also drop a bigger cup in preference for a hold of a smaller one that they can grasp their little hands and fingers around easily.
They will also immediately place the cup to their mouth, allow them to explore and make connections with all their senses.
Through them exploring an extension activity you could try is to prompt them to bang the cups together- if they’ve mastered holding one a cup in each hand, get making some beats and watch baby try to copy you.
A great activity for the older babies is to build and demolish their towers, stack the cups up, let them grab a favourite toy and watch the tower tumble as the toy knocks it all down; “silly teddy, we’re ready to start all over again” (and again, and again, and again).
It’s never to early to start narrating what you’re doing when playing with your little ones.
A great activity to help develop those much needed language skills is to stack the cups up whilst discussing HOW they’ve been stacked “the pink cup is on top of the grey cup” ...“ I’m going to put the yellow cup next to the pink one” and so forth.
Hide and seek
To further our little ones language and positional skills a great activity is to pop something interesting underneath one of the cups, line the cups in height order and prompt your little one to find it “can you find the toy under the small cup?” Then tapping the small cup to direct baby towards it.
Clap, cheer and celebrate when your kiddo finds the hidden object.
To extend the activity you could see if little one could hide it for you to find.
Bounce the ball
This is a super activity for the older ones, does exactly what it say on the tin. Turn the cup upside down, bounce a ball and see if you can get it in the cup.