Monday 4 June 2012


Montessori Activity: Pouring Water with Adult-Sized Jug/Hælde Vand/倒水 [dào shuǐ]

Age: From 3 years old

Activity Duration: 5-10 minutes

Objective(s): To train the child’s hand-eye coordination skill


1. 1 adult-sized jug filled with some water
2. 1 cup
3. 1 tray (optional)


1. Demonstrate to your toddler by pouring the water from one jug into the other slowly and repeat.

2. Encourage and let your child try it.

3. Then demonstrate to your child by wiping the tray dry using the towel.

4. Encourage your child to try wiping.

Additional Information:

As mentioned in my other posts, J can't have enough of water play. Today 4 June 2012 (3Y2M30D), he planned his own water-based Montessori-inspired activity. He suggested to me that he wanted to fill the adult size jug with water and pour it into a cup. I allowed him to do so. J started pouring using kid's size jug, when he was 2 years old. The adult size jug was only filled with a little of water, so it wasn't too heavy for him to handle. He poured himself a cup of water, without any spillage. He then drank the water. He repeated this a few times and started pouring water into the sink, as he could not stomach in all the water. He did well for this activity.

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