Montessori Inspired Water Transfer Activities- Part 1

These simple water transfer activities not only helped me keeping Shaunak engaged for more than an hour but also for language development as we talked about what was happening to the sponge and also vocabulary building with words like soak, squeeze, transfer, etc. With spoon transfer activity, we revised the concept of sizes- small, medium and large.

Who doesn't love to play with water? Especially children! The water play can be made more fun and learning-oriented with these simple water transfer activities. It doesn't only put muscles to work but also are great for improving child's concentration, fine motor and bilateral coordination skills.

Ideal work for ages: 18 mo+

I gave two plastic trays to Shaunak for these activities to define the working space. This gave him a sense or order, and increased the concentration level as he constantly made sure the water doesn't spill out.

All you need is:

1. Two plastic or metal trays

2. Sponge

3. Spoons in three different sizes

4. Water :-)

Sponge Activity

This activity is fairly simple but works wonders for improving bilateral coordination.

Bilateral coordination is the ability to use both sides of the body at the same time. Haven't you heard many people saying-'Use both your hands?'. Yes! The children need to be exposed to the activities which require them to use both hands/legs at the same time. Good bilateral coordination suggests that both sides of the brain are communicating effectively.

Shaunak transferred the water back and forth between two trays with the sponge. As he did this, we talked about how the sponge soaks the water and dries up when squeezed into the other tray. This activity is great for improving palm strength.

Spoon Activity

I gave three steel spoons to Shaunak of different sizes to scoop and transfer water. I asked him to start with the smallest one, then going to medium size and at the last bigger size. He realised as he did the activity, that it was easier and faster with the biggest spoon to transfer water between the trays. This activity can be used to improve problem solving skills.


1. Bilateral Co-ordination

2. Fine Motor Development – Palm Strength

3. Hand-Eye Coordination and Control

4. Concentration

5. Language Development – describing what is happening

6. Open-ended play


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