Pouring activities form the backbone of the Practical Life area of the Montessori classroom.
Have you tried creating simple pouring activities at home for your child to try? Start by gathering these materials for a dry pouring activity:
- 2 small pitchers (like for coffee creamer) made of glass, ceramic or metal.
- Small tray to hold and carry the activity
- Dry ingredients like rice, beans, small pasta, sprinkles, buttons, pebbles or sand
For younger children, stay away from tiny pouring materials and opt for a few big pieces of dry pasta instead.
Next, set up your pouring activity! Place a small amount of pouring materials in one pitcher. Show your child how to carefully hold the pitcher with one hand on the handle and the other just beneath the pouring spout.
Carefully and precisely pour all of the dry ingredients into the empty second pitcher, then ask your child to give it a try. Make a point of saying, “Wow! You didn’t spill even one grain of rice!”
Pouring dry ingredients helps your child hone their fine motor control and concentration. These skills will be necessary later on for writing and math work.
Give dry pouring a try at home and watch your child’s fine motor skills grow daily!
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