Building with Plastic Plates, Cups and Bowls

Jul 11, 2012

activity for kids, building game

Children love to build. It's something to do with the challenge, the skill and probably the knocking down, that makes it such an appealing activity for kids. It's not hard to find things around your house (other than blocks etc) that your children could build with, and today we raided the plastics cupboard to give it a go.

You will need some plastic plates, cups and bowls (or whatever you have on hand really)
I got these from KMart ages ago and at the time they were $3 each set. I think they may be $2 now!

All I did was put them on the floor. Job done, haha. 
Now leave it up to your child to figure out what to do.

It wasn't long before she was building!

That naughty gravity!

The challenge, use ALL of them in one tower

What goes up...

Handy Tips:

- Simplify this activity by just focussing on balancing as many as your child is capable of. Provide a stable surface to begin on.

- Extend this activity by challenging your child to use every plastic item they have in the one tower. See if they can build 2 towers that they can join together somehow. Include a focus on colours and patterns as well.

- Mix it up by providing other plastic items like various shaped and sized containers, funnels, bottles etc to provide different challenges.

- Make your child aware of the problem solving they are doing. "How are you going to get the bowl to balance on the cup?" "I love how you turned the cup upside down to balance it on top of another cup" etc

- Instead of always giving your child directions as to how they are expected to play, I like to mix it up and create "invitations" to play where children can explore and figure out for themselves what they can do. This type of open-ended activity allows the child to take the activity to a level they are comfortable with while giving them the freedom to explore different angles. Your child may come up with other fabulous games/activities with some plastic pieces.

- Use new language and descriptive words when talking to your child about what they are doing, like, "balancing" and "gravity" This will help with their language development and conceptual understanding.

Happy playing,
Debs :)

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  1. woohoo! knocking it down is the best part, right?! i love that face!

    1. haha, totally! I need a faster camera so it doesn't look like she's missing a leg though lol ;)

  2. Great idea Deb..we have been doing similar with mixing bowls but didn't think to add their plastic ones it...onto it tomorrow...especially if another rainy day! Thanks for the inspiration!

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  3. This looks fabulous! :) What a lot of fun... and nice to find uses for things around the house other than their conventional use! :)

  4. Great photos!!! This looks like a fun activity, we will have to try it in the fall. Thanks for sharing!

  5. Such simple fun! I love the last photo!

  6. You're right! This is the same set that we have! lol How great are they and so cheap! What a fun activity. Love that last pic! :)

  7. Looks like a lot of fun. Our youngest wouldn't let us get the tower up high, he would be knocking it down by the third or fourth piece. Thank you for posting on Saturday Show and Tell. I hope you'll be back this week.

  8. Fantastic post! I love the idea and the pictures are absolutely adorable! Your Princess is so cute! :) This is one of those fantastically "simple" ideas that I didn't have...and now will have to do with my girl.

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