SparKits On Demand

Into the Chute

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Age Group

Infants - 2-12 Months

Infants (6-15 months)

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What You'll Need

1-2 toilet or paper towel rolls
Cotton balls
Optional: small container

Let's Begin

  1. Tape your roll(s) onto a wall vertically. Make sure that the roll is within reach for your child if he is sitting or standing.
  2. Place your cotton balls into a small container.
  3. Encourage him to drop the cotton balls into the “chute.” You may need to show him at first how to put the cotton balls in the roll and how it appears at the bottom.
  4. Watch how quickly he catches on and begins to do it on his own.

Get their brains going, talk to your child, for example…
Talk about what your child observes or ask questions like, “Where did the cotton ball go?” or “Can you catch the ball?”

CDC Milestones

Curious about your child’s development? All children develop at their own pace, but the Center for Disease Control’s developmental milestones can be a helpful guideline. Here are a few examples:

  • Shows fear in some situations
  • Puts things in a container, takes things out of a container
  • Looks at the right picture or thing when it’s named
  • Explores alone but with parent close by
  • Can follow 1-step verbal commands without any gestures
  • Drinks from a cup
  • Shows more and more independence
  • Knows names of familiar people and body parts
  • Might use one hand more than the other

Additional family resources

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