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Stacking Cup - Some Options and Ideas

Gus has been super into stacking lately - stacking rings, stacking blocks, stacking random objects he finds in the house. He's learning balance, size discrimination, and things like "in" "out" "over" and "under."

Why I love stacking cups and some Montessori friendly ways to use them!

While there are many options on the market, I personally like things that are plain and don't try to do too much at once. Therefore, I gravitate toward those without numbers, letters, animals or shapes printed on the cups. We have a couple sets (not all of these), the plain wooden cups are my absolute favorite. 

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Plastic Cups | Large Plastic Set - I love that these can get wet and hold up to a lot of teething/throwing/use 

Wooden Cups - I love that these isolate the concept of size and are self correcting. Here, there really is no other factor then size to focus on {although colorful wooden options also exist.} 

Squareish Cups | Cube Cups - I love that these require a more precise motion to stack. 

Once you have a nice set of cups, there is so much you can do with them! 

For Babies:
  • explore one or two cups at a time
  • place in a treasure basket with several similarly colored objects 
  • add a simple peg or puzzle piece for simple in/out work
  • simple water exploration
  • don't expect correct stacking

For Toddlers: 
  • use a complete set
  • stack and nest correctly over time
  • use for color sorting work - add to a tray with a couple pom-poms, for example
  • more precise pouring exploration (usually in the bath) 
  • spatial games (over, under, in, and out)
  • talking about sizes in general (smallest, small, big, bigger type language) 
Do you have a set of stacking cups? How do you use them? 

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Malicia100 said…
My daughter is 1 year old in 2 weeks. Should I do baby or toddler activities?

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