Toddlers are small scientists. They love to push and pull, move things around, fill up and dump out.
Using a container filled with transportation vehicles, a toddler uses his physical skills to explore. He uses his thinking skills to develop cognitive skills that are important for school success. This is an activity that for a toddler is a very real part of his school readiness.
The first thing he does is dump the vehicles out of the container! No suprise here. He uses his strength and coordination to dump the toys and then experiment.
As frustrating as it can be for adults come cleanup time, dumping is an important cognitive exercise. He realizes that one object, like a bucket, can hold another object. Now that he has discovered this he will want to dump the bucket often. Dumping the bucket is easier than filling it, so be patient. Celebrate that toddlers use their fine motor skills to dump and once it’s discovered he is likely to repeat it over and over again.
During the first few years, trillions of synapses are formed in response to learning experiences just like this! Celebrate and provide many more dumping out buckets experiences so more connections are made.
Get ready ahead by setting up play areas with manageable activities. Taking objects out of a large box, pretend food out of a pan, toys out of a container, and puzzle pieces out of a puzzle will keep a toddler developing and learning.