Thursday 28 July 2011


Montessori Activity: Pouring Rice/Hælde Ris/倒米 [dào mi]

Age: From 1.5 years old.

Activity Duration: 5-15 minutes

Preparation Time: 3 minutes


1. To train the child’s fine motor skills - also pincer grip when picking up spilled rice.
2. To teach the concept of empty and full.


1. 2 cups (preferably identical)

2. Rice in one of the cup

3. 1 Tray


1. Demonstrate to your child by pouring rice from the cup on right hand side into the cup on the left hand side.

2. Encourage and let your child try it.

Special Warning:

1. Supervise closely with the dried beans and don’t start with a toddler who is still mouthing. Remove and store away immediately after activity.

Additional Information:

J has been pouring water into cups for sometime now, and has been doing it beautifully without spilling. So I thought that this activity of pouring rice would be easy and no challenge for him. Today, J (2Y4M23D) tried this activity for the first time. To my great surprise, he wasn't very good at it. He kept spilling the rice in the beginning, and poured it in an awkward position, unlike the perfect position he used when pouring water. The picture position was after a few attempts. This tells me that when a child is able to pour liquid does not mean that the child is able to pour solid. I hope to repeat this activity again until he perfects it or he gets totally tired of it.

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