Numbers and colours with bottles

When the food shopping arrived earlier than planned Sprog was really helpful in carrying it to the kitchen with Daddy.

Then he knew where the bottles of fizzy water were stored and this afternoon we played with them big time.

The first thing he did was start the push them all over using the other bottles…complete with lots of screaming, squealing and giggling.


Then there was the lining up of the bottles. He went through the colours with some questions from me about pointing to particular ones. He has perfected his version of ‘purple’ which is ‘durble’ whilst eyeing up the blueberry fizzy water.

The last thing he discovered was that the bottles roll…all the way down to the patio doors…and back.


My heart melts with pride at these last 2 shots. Sprog had lined them up and was counting down the line of bottles. He hasn’t mastered the actual sounds of numbers at the moment but he says that everything is the number ‘tue’ as he pronounces it. He sat counting along the line ‘tue’, ‘tue’, ‘tue’, ‘tue’. He is just so gorgeous and clever!


It baffles my mind about how he is learning so much new stuff!
He’s my little superstar!

I would urge you to have a go at free unstructured play even if you’re a bit apprehensive. I did not plan any of this, it simply started by Sprog picking up the bottles for himself.
What stuff have your little ones played with that you never expected?!

Mami 2 Five


29 thoughts on “Numbers and colours with bottles

  1. I love this, it’s always so heartwarming when they pick something up and turn it into a huge free play session where they start counting and working things out by themselves. I love it when Luke counts, he says it like tueeee too haha! He says one, tue, tue, fweeee it’s adorable!!! Those pictures are gorgeous! Ray xx

  2. Love it. I set up a little bowling alley with bottles once but our baby isn’t keen on me structuring his play so much. He prefers to find things to play with himself.

  3. Aww he looks so cute! Clever boy, I love the way they create their own games. My little girl was cooking with lots of different lentils, olives and cereal whuch she helped herself to, pretending it was flour and eggs for her cake recently. She ate the olives along the way! #sundaystars

  4. I just loved this, I love how they can have fun with just about anything, gorgeous pics #Twinkly Tuesday

  5. What a beautiful memory you have captured here! I can just imagine those sweet little ‘tue’ ‘tue’ ‘tue’ words as my son does the same, two seems to be the magic number when learning to count. Lovely pictures. So sweet x

  6. Perfect play and learning fun at the same time. It is amazing watching children play and investigate things for themselves. Love the las two pics.
    Thanks for linking #LetKidsBeKids

  7. Such a lovely post. These toddlers are clever things aren’t they. Oliver loves ‘sorting’ the fruit bowl, which has definitely helped him learn his colours
    Popping over from #TwinklyTuesday

  8. What a lovely post, and something so simple aswell. I love when ‘normal’ situations become a learning situation. And its fun, and they want to learn!

    Thanks for linking up to #ToddlerApprovedTuesday. Did you know that our Pinterest board and Facebook page are now open for you to join in with? We would love to see you there too!

  9. Ah this is so lovely, its amazing how much they learn without you even realising isn’t it? I remember the first time hubs wrote numbers 1-10 in chalk outside, not expecting anything, and Monkey read nearly all of them back to us! Amazing what they pick up and sounds like you have a clever little one there 🙂 #letkidsbekids

  10. It’s crazy how much they actually know, but just can’t communicate. Then suddenly these words come out and it completely overwhelms you! #toddlerapprovedtuesday

  11. My two like playing with *any* kitchen implements they can get their hands on! Those are the things that they like the best.. or pegs! Pegs are a real favourite.

    They are both really getting into their colours and numbers at the mo — it’s amazing how quickly they learn isn’t it? Cosmo is almost counting to ten (gets a bit sketchy at 6&7) and knows most of his colours already… Bertie thinks everything is blue at the moment 🙂 But that’s fine. It’s gorgeous to watch — am absolutely lovely watching them learn! Thanks so much for linking up with #TwinklyTuesday

    Caro |

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