After being used in our play, Finn cleaned the bottle lids with the nail brush.


  • Bottle tops
  • Bowls and containers
  • Tools: tongs, ice cream scoop etc.
  • Pippette
  • Funnels
  • Dustbin lorry


Finn helped me read the instructions.

He worked out a system for sorting the bottle lids, then used his fine motor skills whilst transferring them.

The tongs and tweezers became a baby crocodile and his Daddy.

Then baby crocodile swallowed a clock and began ticking away! At the end of this video, Finn accidentally squirted a pipette, which gave him the idea to squirt water in to the various containers.

Then there was lots of water and funnel play.

DfES Early Learning Goals (2017)

Communication and language

ELG 03 – Speaking:

Children express themselves effectively, showing awareness of listeners’ needs. They use past, present and future forms accurately when talking about events that have happened or are to happen in the future. They develop their own narratives and explanations by connecting ideas or events.

Physical development

ELG 04 – Moving and handling:

Children show good control and co-ordination in large and small movements. They handle equipment and tools effectively.

Expressive arts and design

ELG 17 – Being imaginative:

Children use what they have learnt about media and materials in original ways, thinking about uses and purposes. They represent their own ideas, thoughts and feelings through design and technology, art, music, dance, role-play and stories.