Open/ Close


This is a simple practical life activity. Helps to strengthen finger and hand muscles while learning to open different things with varied open/close patterns.

Materials required: Basket/Tray, kitchen containers , bags, jewel boxes, small gift boxes, make up pouch, coin bag etc

Encourage children to bring one item out at a time, open the lid or unzip the bag and practice closing it.

Extension: Nesting bags or nesting boxes – Use bags/boxes that fit into one another from big to small and practice open/closing.

Put a small bell/ stuffed animal/toy inside the last or smallest bag/box to add that special excitement to the work.

Check out montessorireflections_geetha on Instagram for the video on this activity.

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Geetha Nagarajan

My name is Geetha. I was introduced to Montessori as a parent and then choose it to be my career. I have over 13 years of experience in a Montessori primary classroom. I have a Masters Degree in Plant Sciences from India and a Masters in Educational Leadership from UNT (Denton, TX) and my Montessori Early childhood certification from American Montessori Society (AMS).

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