Children are so attracted to working with water. Maybe it’s about testing the viscosity with their hands. Or perhaps examining ‘if this, then that’ type scenarios. It could be that children see adults working with water all the time and want to do the same! Whatever it is, you can foster your child’s love for working with water and help them build muscle strength and concentration at the same time with water transfer activities. Here’s one to try.
Water Transfer with a Sponge
You’ll need 2 small glass or ceramic bowls, one small sponge to fit the bowl (or cut from a larger sponge), and a little water. Place the two bowls next to each other, one bowl containing water, the other empty, and the dry sponge at the side.
Invite your child to give it a try! Guide him or her the first time around by picking up the sponge, dunking it in the bowl filled with water, then squeezing the sponge over the empty bowl to extract the water from the sponge. Repeat until all the water has been transferred!
For small children, use less water so they feel satisfied at finishing their work. For older children, consider using a smaller sponge, or challenging them to not spill even a drop on the table or tray!
This activity fulfills a child’s desire to work with water, and builds hand muscle by squeezing the sponge. The concept of dry and wet is also introduced when you start with the dry sponge that gradually soaks up water to become a wet sponge!
We hope you try this at home, and adjust the activity to your child’s interests.
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