Ten Minute Montessori: Pouring

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Children have an innate desire to do things for themselves – ”help me to help myself”. By showing the children the activities and enabling the child to use them, they will be able to transfer these learned skills to everyday activities – pouring their own water, cutting fruit, laying the table for lunch, dressing and undressing themselves. These independent action will boost their self-esteem and give them faith in their own abilities. When Mia was 18 months old I’ve introduced herย Pouring Dry Materials (to refine pouring skills).ย This is introductory/early pouring activity, which uses a variety of dry materials for pouring prior to introducing water.

By now Mia is pretty competent at pouring from jug to jug using dry materials so I’ve decided to introduce her poring water into a small identical glasses. There was a lot of spillage but guess it made activity even more interesting.

L xoxo

  • Meg


    I like the idea of using dry materials to build the skill before introducing water.

  • Ayana


    I love this! We even have those little ikea glasses! I found some cute tiny tupperware brand pitchers at goodwill a while ago with the intent to do this activity and never really did it…they live in his water table! This is a great reminder!

    • Leky83

      Thank you Ayana!

  • Kerry


    I love the idea of learning with dry materials first. My daughter is 2.5 and loves pouring water from one vessel to another. Seriously, hours of fun!

    • Leky83

      I know, same here ๐Ÿ˜‰ Thanks Kerry!

  • Katherine


    I always forget how simple fine motor activities can be. My boys would love tipping water from one vessel to another… unfortunately it’s usually the dog bowl onto the floor! Totally going to set some activities like this for them!

    • Leky83

      So easy to set up and guarantee hours of fun!

  • Joanna Clute


    This is a super neat concept. I’ve never heard of it before and find it intriguing!

    • Leky83

      Thanks Joanna!

  • Christina | From Under a Palm Tree


    This is such a cool concept! Looks like fun for her too!

    • Leky83

      Thank you Christina!

  • Jessica


    Sounds like a great outdoor activity for the summer – even for my older kids!

  • Angel


    We have to work on this!

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