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Montessori has a large focus on practical life activities, which prepare children for real life activities. One of the skills in the practical life curriculum is being able to transfer both dry and wet goods.
My method of introducing transferring activities is not always Montessori’s way, but the skill practice is the same.
When first introducing transferring activities, I would begin with using the hands then moving on to spoons and eventually tongs, tweezers, etc. At some point you also want to introduce transferring water.
Transferring Item Suggestions:
-Ice Cube Trays
Ways We Have Transferred
Image 1: Transferring glass gems with a spoon
Image 2: Transferring flour with cups
Image 3: Pompom Drop
Image 4: Transferring cotton balls (snowballs) into a bottle (snowman)
Image 1: Transferring water with a pump
Image 2: Transferring rice with pincher grasp
Image 3: Transferring jingle bells with a magnetic wand and tongs
Image 4: Transferring water with cups
-Concentration and Focus
-Pre-Reading (moving left to right)
-Language (fill, dump, full, empty)
-Crossing the Midline
-High Risk of Error (to help child correct errors on their own)