In preparation for the Crazy Cross-Country Road Trip we’re planning on taking, I decided to make a series of activities for Xander to do in the car. All of the activities need to be self-contained as much as possible and the ability for him to learn from them is a nice feature also.
One of the activities I dreamed up (I’ll be honest, I probably saw it on Pinterest months ago, but I can’t remember) is an ABC Can. I kept all of the baby food jars and lids in a bag under the sink and freecycled them every so often, but the current bag has been sitting there for about 6 months untouched because he eats (for the most part) what we eat now. So I took 36 lids (one for each letter and numbers 0-9) and spray painted them bright blue, using leftover paint from his water table! Then I went and wrote every letter and number (0-9) onto the lids with a silver/gold sharpie, left over from making saltdough Christmas ornaments with friends last month.
Right now we’re using an old shoe box to put them in, but I’m planning on using a small coffee can or something similar so they’ll make a “dink” noise as he puts them in. Annoying for us but I think it will keep him occupied longer.
Edit: We got a small coffee can over the weekend and emptied it into the canister so that I could finish the can. Here’s what it looks like finished. There isn’t quite enough room for the numbers and letters, but I don’t see that as a problem.