Pouring wet is a practical life activity designed for 3-6 year children to develop the movements needed to pour liquid from one vessel to another without spilling.
Children love playing with water. This liquid pouring activity enables the child to perform day-to-day activities, like pouring milk into a bowl, filling up a glass of water, etc., independently and confidently.
Material required for transferring liquids activity
- A child-sized tray
- Two child-sized pitchers (one filled with water and the other with no water)
- A sponge to wipe spilled water
Tip: You can use small creamer containers or small glass pitchers.
Benefits of Pouring wet activity
Pouring wet activity is a life skill that offers children many benefits.
- Speeds up the development of fine motor skills
- Enhance grip by gripping the handle of the jar or holding a glass
- Increases concentration
- Improves eye-hand coordination
- Develops self-regulation and promotes independence
- Enhances critical thinking skills
- Promotes spatial awareness
How to present the wet pouring activity to the child?
- Invite the child to bring the tray to the table. (Note: Handles of the pitcher should face out on both sides. )
- Ask the child to grasp the pitcher filled with water through the handle. (To Grasp the handle, place your thumb on top and one or two fingers through the handle.)
- Lift the pitcher filled with water and start pouring water slowly with the spouted mouth of the pitcher into another pitcher.
- Continue pouring until the other jar is filled
- Now, repeat pouring water back into the initial pitcher by avoiding any spill.
- Wipe the spilled water and invite the child to try.
Watch the video to learn more about pouring wet activity and ask the child to pour or transfer liquids, such as juice, milk, or water.
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Video created by: Strykun Olena
When should we introduce wet pouring activity to a child?
You can teach hammering skills to a child of age 3-6 years. First, try with a child-size pitcher keeping the strength of the child’s muscles in mind. Once the skill is achieved and the child shows interest, move to the real pitcher.
What do children learn from pouring liquid?
Pouring wet activity is an excellent activity to teach children daily household chores. It helps a child develop various skills, such as hand-eye coordination, strengthening muscles, and promotes independence and concentration.
Is pouring liquids a fine motor skill activity?
Yes, hammering helps in developing fine motor skills. It also teaches a child about safety and prepares children to do their daily household chores.
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