This practical life activity is designed for 1 to 3-year-old children. The lesson guides them to transfer water/liquid from one container to another using an eyedropper.
Children love playing with water, and this transferring water activity helps them develop concentration and coordination in a fun way. Transferring water using an eyedropper is a colorful and fun activity that promotes pincer grasp development. The pincer grip also promotes day-to-day activities such as picking up small bits of food and eating them. Pincer grasps enable a child to pick up small items with the thumb and index finger. It is also helpful when manipulating zippers, buttons, and shoelaces.
Benefits of transferring water using a dropper activity:
- It helps in fine motor development.
- It helps in hand-eye coordination and control
- It enhances concentration
- It promotes child creativity and imagination
- It strengthens the finger muscles and prepares the hand for handwriting
Materials required for transferring water activity
- Two small ceramic bowls
- An eyedropper
- Optional: Food dye to color the water
- A cloth to wipe spilled water
How to introduce transferring water activity to the child?
- As shown in the video, bring the tray containing bowls to the table.
- Take a small amount of water and add 1-2 drops of food dye to it. Stir well.
- Invite the child and explain that we will use a dropper to transfer water from one bowl to another.
- Take the dropper and put its tip in the colored water.
- Squeeze the bulb until bubbles appear in the water, then release it to draw in the water.
- Squeeze the dropper over the other bowl to transfer the water.
- Repeat steps 4-6 until all the water is transferred.
- Wipe spilled water using a cloth if any.
Watch the video with the child and let them transfer water from one container to another to boost their self-confidence. Prepare them for more complex transfer activities as they grow.
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Video created by: Nithya Ramachandran
- Practical Life