Pouring water into two jugs

Material Description:

Have a plastic tray or one which has a base covered in an oil cloth.  On the tray there will be two jugs kept at different sides.  Both jugs should be made of the same material.  In the Children’s House have three or four sets in different materials (e.g. brass, china, steel, glass, plastic or earthern-ware) for this activity.  Fill one jug two-thirds full with water.

Presentation:

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  • Ask the child to unfold the cloth and keep it at the left top corner
  • Place the fingers inside the handle of the jug and the thumb on the top or outer edge of the handle
  • Carry it to the other jug
  • Raise the jug slightly higher than the height of the jug
  • When the jug is above the centre of the jug indicate this by drawing a line in the air with the left index finger
  • Rotate the wrist and begin to pour
  • Stop when the jug empty, wait for the last drop
  • Wipe the jug with the cloth from base to spout
  • Repeat the same movements with the other jug
  • Return the jug to the other side
  • Check to see if any water has been spilt, using the sponge to mop it up and squeeze it back into the jug
  • Pour the water from one jug down the sink
  • Hang the cloth out to dry and replace it with a fresh one to complete the set
  • Return the material to the shelves letting the jugs air-dry

Points of Interest:

  • After pouring the water back from the glasses wait until the last drop has left and show that it is completely empty
  • Centre the mouth of the jug over the glass
  • The jug should be held high enough
  • Do not overfill the glasses

Purpose:

  • Co-ordination of Movement
  • Independence
  • Concentration
  • Social Adaptation

Age at Presentation:

Two and a half years

Footnote:

To make the task easier it can be done with spoons,

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