On one of my early childhood Facebook groups someone posted about using empty pill bottles with toddlers and preschoolers. They were looking for ideas to use them for, such as art projects or in doctor kits. They are empty and without labels, and I assume washed out. She got mixed reactions on using them, some for and some against. I am wondering what those on this forum think. Would you use them?
This is popular within the Montessori environment. However I'd say they should be used with the appropriate age group, under guidance and after the teacher has made a proper presentation to the children.
If the children aren't used to using glass in the classroom it can be a safety hazard. Therefore it's advisable to start with plastic. The aim of opening and closing bottles is to develop hand-eye coordination as well as strengthening the pincer grip; as indirect preparation for writing and other fine motor skills.
here's a short video clip that you may find helpful:
You don't have to use actual medicine bottles. There are so many small bottles available that have lids. Have a look at the video I posted for a clear example👍👍