These delightful dotty miniature metal Buckets measure approximately 14cm tall with a 15.5cm diameter at the rim (top) of the bucket and a 12cm diameter at the base. They are the perfect size for a young child to confidently carry by the metal handle, which has a wooden grip for comfort.
The Metal Bucket (Spotty) comes in 6 different colours - each with the same cute white spots! It is available in Blue, Green, Light Pink, Hot Pink, Purple or Red. See our photo gallery for colour samples. Please remember to choose your colour selection from the drop-down menu!
The Buckets are certainly very cute, but you might wonder what their purpose can be in your child's life. Here are a few examples of how we incorporate buckets into my Montessori environment...
In our Kitchen we use small buckets to collect the food scraps that need to be delivered to our compost bin outside. It is not always practical to deliver each item individually, or to keep the compost bin inside, so our buckets act as a temporary vessel - one step in our composting journey!
One compost-collection bucket sits beside our Apple Peeler ready to catch the pieces of skin or core that the children wish to compost.
We also utilise buckets as part of our gardening experiences. They are ideal for carrying tools and gloves out to the garden. They also make a useful vessel for collecting the harvest (as shown below with our slightly prematurely picked carrots!).
"Children have an anxious concern for living beings, and the satisfaction of this instinct fills them with delight. It is therefore easy to interest then in taking care of plants and animals. Nothing awakens foresight in a small child...so much as this. When he knows that...little plants will dry up if he does not water them, he binds together - with a new thread of love - today's passing moments with those of tomorrow."
Dr Maria Montessori, The Discovery of the Child
Metal Buckets can also be utilised for sand or water play. They make an appealing alternative to the plastic buckets that are more commonly seen in sand or water!
Some children engage in a creative and eco-friendly activity of collecting rainwater that has pooled around the garden and transferring it to the sandpit to aid with building constructions with the wet sand!
One of the children uses the bucket with our hand-powered water pump.
Buckets can also be used to promote eco-friendly practices by collecting water in a variety of ways. Buckets can be placed below outdoor taps (as shown below) to ensure that any spills or drips are collected and used rather than wasted. Buckets can also be used to catch rainwater, particularly in spots where strong or steady drips form.
A child turns off the tap after filling a watering can and the bucket below the tap collects the final few drips.
The Buckets match our Child's Metal Watering Can. You can mix complementary colours while maintaining the same spotty style...or you can match the colours by choosing a Light Pink, Blue, Green or Red bucket to provide the same colours of the cans!