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In and Out

Your child will enjoy sorting objects in this activity, which calls for a laundry basket.

In and Out


  • 5 to 10 minutes


  • Medium-sized box or laundry basket
  • Familiar objects or toys


Once your baby can sit up, there is much to be learned from the simple act of filling and emptying just about anything. Place objects into a box or laundry basket and demonstrate how to take them out and put them back in, talking about what you are doing as you work together.


  • You can make it even more fun by using a silly voice and making the objects run and jump into the laundry basket.
  • Name each toy as it goes in and out.
  • Hide the toys behind you and take them out one at a time, saying, "Oh, here's the little kitten (ball, book...)." Hand each one to your baby to put into the basket.
  • Help your baby gather more objects to put in and take out. Talk about what you are looking for and doing with them.

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