Care of Environment

Pouring grains using three glasses

Material Description:

Have a plastic tray or one which has a base covered in an oilcloth.  On the tray there will be three to five glasses, cups or mugs and a jug kept at the right base corner.  The glasses are arranged diagonally from the left-base corner to the top-right corner, to give the most space and reduce the chance of an accident.  The whole set 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 earthen-ware) for this activity.  The jug should contain enough grains to pour into each of the glasses.


  • 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 top right glass
  • Raise the jug slightly higher than the height of the glass
  • When the jug is above the centre of the glass indicate this by drawing a line in the air with the left index finger
  • Rotate the wrist and begin to pour
  • Stop when the glass is three-quarters full
  • Repeat the same movements until all the glasses are filled, moving from top right to base left
  • Return the jug to the base corner
  • Empty the glasses pouring the grain back into the jug, starting with the top right glass
  • Check to see if any grains have been spilt, collect them up and put them in the jug

Points of Interest:

  • After pouring from the glasses check to see if any grains remain
  • Centre the mouth of the jug over the glass
  • The jug should be held high enough
  • Do not overfill the glasses


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

Age at Presentation:

Two and a half years


To make the task easier it can be done with spoons, one large and three small bowls.  To make the more complex use more glasses, different size and shape glasses and smaller grains.

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