If the Shoe Fits

If the Shoe Fits
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Teach your child about spatial volume with this experiment in trying on clothes.

0 minutes
12 - 48 months
Group size
1 - 3 tots


  • 3 or more pairs Shoes (of different sizes. You could also do this experiment with hats or gloves)
  • 3 or more pairs Feet (this could be mom, dad, tot, sibling or friend)


  1. Line up the shoes. Whoever is participating in the experiment should sit down with their feet close to the line of shoes.
  2. Ask your child to "put on" a certain pair of shoes on the participant. "Can you put the red shoes on Daddy?"
  3. If the shoe is too small say, "oh, wow, it's too small! It doesn't fit!" Say something similar if the shoe is too big.
  4. If the shoe fits say, "Look, the shoe fits! It's the right size! It's not too big and it's not too small!"
  5. Have the child try the shoes on different people and themselves.

Developmental skills