A spoon, two dishes, and some dry goods found in your pantry is all you need for this activity!
It’s called Spooning or Transferring, whichever you prefer.
You’ll find this type of activity in many Montessori classrooms in the Practical Life area. It’s easy to set up, can be modified to pique a child’s interest, and is inexpensive.
Here’s how to set up a spooning activity for your child:
- Choose a spoon appropriate for your child’s age. For younger children, use a spoon with a big scoop. As your child gets older, try switching to tiny teaspoons.
- Get two bowls. They can be the same size and big for younger children, and get smaller as your child masters new skills.
- Find a material like grain, rice, dry beans, or beads to put in one bowl. Don’t use too much for younger children, and make sure there’s no choking hazard. Use materials that are beautiful, like grains died to match the bowls!
Finally, and your child will intuit this quickly, present the material. The goal is to use the spoon to transfer all of the goods from one bowl to the other. Ask your child to join you at the table. Explain that this is a new activity for them!
Examine the spoon with your child. Very slowly, demonstrate scooping one spoonful of goods and transferring it to the empty bowl. Go for a second scoop, them ask your child if they would like to try.
The whole demonstration can be done wordlessly, simply showing your child how carefully and attentively you transfer the goods from one bowl to the other, not spilling a grain of rice or one bean!
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