transferring water with eyedropper

TThis 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
  • Water
  • Optional: Food dye to color the water
  • A cloth to wipe spilled water

How to Introduce Transferring Water Activity to the Child?

  1. As shown in the video, bring the tray containing bowls to the table.
  2. Take a small amount of water and add 1-2 drops of food dye to it. Stir well.
  3. Invite the child and explain that we will use a dropper to transfer water from one bowl to another.
  4. Take the dropper and put its tip in the colored water. 
  5. Squeeze the bulb until bubbles appear in the water, then release it to draw in the water.
  6. Squeeze the dropper over the other bowl to transfer the water.
  7. Repeat steps 4-6 until all the water is transferred.
  8. 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


  • English
  • Practical Life
  • toddler