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What kid doesn’t love water play? Sicily has been playing around with water since she was young, and I have even introduced water play to Kade already.

But water play is more than just fun, it leads to a practical life skill…pouring water.

My goal is to have small pitchers of water, milk, and juice accessible to the kids at all times for them to get their own drinks. I haven’t been brave enough to actually do this yet, and I’m still trying to figure out a way to make opening the refrigerator easier for Sicily (any ideas?).

But we have started working on pouring water, and she does quite well.

I started by introducing a water pouring station outside several times when Sicily was about a year old. I just laid out big buckets of water along with some of her sippy cups and water bottles.

She would spend all day outside pouring water.

water-station

When she started to get better at aiming the water in the container, and making minimal messes, I braved a water pouring tot tray.

I filled a small ceramic pitcher with water and placed it on the tray with a cup. I also laid out a paper towel for her to clean up any messes.

I started the lesson just as I do any tot tray. I model the activity then let her choose the best way to use the materials. For this tray, she decided to do as I had showed her.

Pouring Water Tot Tray

Start by pointing to the pitcher and identifying it. “This is a pitcher. We use it to pour drinks. It has water in it.” I pointed to the spout and identified that as well. “This is the spout. It is where the water comes out.”

Next, I introduced the cup by pointing to it and saying “This is a cup. We use it to drink. It is empty.”

I did the same with the paper towel. “This is a paper towel. We use it to clean our messes.”

Then I showed her how to hold the pitcher with one hand wrapped around the handle, and one finger under the spout. I slowly picked up the pitcher and poured the water into the cup.

I made sure to have only enough water in the pitcher to fill the cup half way. When she gets good at just pouring, I will up the challenge by adding more water then is needed to practice stopping.

When I finished pouring, I set the pitcher back down and said “Now the pitcher is empty and the cup is full.”

Finally, I poured the water back into the pitcher and let her have a turn.

water-pouring-tot-tray

She did quite well with this tray, and I think it’s because of all the practice outside with our pouring station. She did make a few little spills and cleaned up the mess independently.

Pouring water challenges more skills than just learning how to pour water. With this activity the child is working on…

  • Hand- Eye Coordination
  • Hand Control
  • Independence
  • Vocabulary
  • Patience
  • Cleaning up after himself

pouring-water

Are you brave enough to give this tot tray a go?

Happy Learning!