Monday 6 February 2012


Montessori Activity: Pouring "Chinese Tea" with Adult-Size Teapot

Age: From 3 years old

Activity Duration: 5-15 minutes

Preparation Time: 3 minutes


1. To train the child’s hand-eye coordination skill.
2. To teach the child social skills and courtesy.
3. To teach language skills.
4. To teach Chinese heritage


1. 1 adult size teapot filled with water
2. 1 adult size tea cup
3. 1 tray
4. 1 large towel on the floor as protection


1. Demonstrate to your child by pouring the water from the teapot to the cup. Pour back and repeat.

2. Encourage and let your child try it by saying, "Please J, could you pour mommy a cup of tea?"

3. Play pretend game and enjoy the "tea" with your child.

4. After the activity, demonstrate to your child by wiping the tray dry using the towel.

5. Encourage your child to try wiping.

Additional Information:

J started Montessori activity at 2 years old with plastic toy teapot. He graduated to children's size porcelain jug. Now at 3 years old, he is rather good at pouring, and I now let him practice pouring with real adult size teapot and cup. Don't I not afraid that he would crash the teapot? I let him practice on ground level with a layer of thick towel to cushion any fall. So far, it has been fine.

Drinking tea is a traditional Chinese culture. Through this activity with Chinese and Japanese tea pot and cup, I hope to give him a taste of Chinese culture. So this Montessori activity is every part a heritage education of the Chinese culture and tradition.

I prepared the activity during the weekend and he (2Y11M1D) tried it this evening 6 February 2012 and could do it very well. But then he stopped after 3 minutes and said, "This is not real tea, mommy! This is water!" and asked to play with his toy aeroplane instead! Aarrrggghh... that's how it is like with children. I told him that for now, he should just practice with water.

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