Enveloping and containing

A child who has an envelopment schema is interested in enveloping itself and objects or a space. It is very closely related to containment.

A child with an envelopment schema may

  • Like to wrap themselves in material
  • Make parcels containing every day objects
  • Cover their hands and body with paint
  • Paint a picture and then cover it with a solid layer of paint

If your child has an envelopment schema they will like

  • Blankets to wrap dolls and themselves in
  • Dressing up clothes
  • Paper and newspaper to make parcels
  • Be allowed to paint themselves

A child who has a containment schema loves to put one thing inside another. This child may

  • Like putting things in bags and pots
  • Enjoy shape sorting toys
  • Climb into boxes
  • Love filing up buckets with sand
  • Draw or paint pictures then draw circles or boxes around them.

If your child has a containment schema they will appreciate it if you provide

  • Pots with things they can fill them with
  • Containers to fill in the bath or sink
  • Dry play such as pasta and pots to fill
  • Boxes and tents to go in

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