Everyday, Simple Idea #12: Muffin Tins

I am sharing some of the simple, daily things I do at home as a Mom that come from my occupational therapy background.

#12 Muffin Tins

muffin tin for paintingI picked up 2 old muffin tins at a garage sale, and they have been one of my most used purchases as my children have become toddlers and preschoolers.  Sturdy, washable, cheap, and re-usable.  Children love the small container spaces for a variety of play ideas.  Easy and safe enough for infants to use, but also practical enough for school-aged children to continue to use.


How they get used:

  • Art time- they are great for holding paints, glitter, stickers and other small parts of art projects.
  • Cookie making- sprinkles for cookies (my children’s favorite use).
  • Fine motor play- add spoons/tongs/tweezers and any small objects.
  • Sensory play- add noodles, rice, pom poms, or any other sensory play materials.
  • Pretend play- children love being allowed to use “real” kitchen items in their pretend play.
  • Pre-academic skills- great for sorting skills.

Other uses that my children have discovered:

  • Drumming
  • Potty training stuffed animals
  • Ball target

Paige Hays is an occupational therapist who provides in-home, pediatric occupational therapy services in the south metro area of the Twin Cities, MN. She is a mother of 2 girls, avid DIYer, and a highly skilled and experienced OT. She specializes in working in pediatrics, with diverse expertise ranging from cognition and sensory issues to working with children with neuromuscular disabilities or complex medical needs. www.paigehays.net