Opening and closing assorted boxes

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  • Selection of 4 different types of boxes.
  • Felt cloth.


This is an individual presentation.


  1. Directress laid the felt cloth on the table and takes out all the boxes, one at a time, placing them in a row on the cloth.
  2. She shows the child how to open and close the boxes.
  3. Starting from left to right, the Directress holds the box with the non-dominant hand.
  4. Bring the box very near and right in front of the child, slowly open the box.
  5. Place the top in front of the box on the felt cloth.
  6. Continue doing the same for the others.
  7. When finished opening, then start closing the boxes again, starting from left to right again.
  8. Allow child to try the last one.

Control Of Error

When closing, the top will not fit if the wrong one is chosen.

Points Of Interest


Direct aims:

  • To teach the child how to open and close boxes.

Indirect aims:

  • To develop the child's eye hand coordination.
  • To develop the child's fine motor control.
  • To develop the child's concentration.
  • To develop the child's independence.
  • To satisfy the child's need for order.
  • To build their muscles for pencil grip.


  1. After opening the boxes, mix up the tops. Invite the child to match the tops with the boxes and close them.
  2. Have various kinds of boxes with different types of tops.