One of our new "after nap" activities involves a couple of cans and some clothespins. Like any container, Silas likes putting things in and out of them (endlessly!), but the cans are nice because they are deep enough that he has to reach inside to get an item. We practice dropping and dumping and counting. The old school clothespins (the ones without the spring) fit perfectly on the edge of the can where he can snatch them up. Play lasts for a good 15 minutes. After that, he starts to get creative and initiates new ways to play. He discovered that the ridges on the outside of the can make a cool noise if he rubs a clothespin along them. He found out that the can rolls across the floor and was delighted to chase it down the hallway. And of course, chewing on clothespins is always fun.
Linking up with Meg of Sew Liberated.