Montessori-inspired transfer activities help children be confident about their actions. They learn to correct themselves. These activities can be done to develop pre-writing skills. These activities are beneficial as the grip becomes firmer and finger muscles stronger.

To have a vision of the cosmic plan, in which every form of life depends on directed movements which have effects beyond their conscious aim, is to understand the child’s work and be able to guide it better. - Maria Montessori, The Absorbent Mind.

Through these transfer activities I have been able to introduce Shaunak to one of the important math term- 'equal', like "pour equal amount of water in both the bowls". And many other words to his vocabulary- transfer, squirt bottle, water blaster, scooper, strainer, etc.

This is part 3 of the water transfer activities. We have been doing these activities for more than a year and now I am confident that he has confidence in pouring liquids. If he feels thirsty, can pour for himself and drink. A step towards making him independent. And can pour and serve others too- that builds co-ordination.

Did you see my post about montessori- inspired water transfer activities Part 1? And part2? Do read it, has many interesting tools which can be used for increasing the concentration level in children.

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. Strainer
3. Squirt bottle
4. Scooper
5. Water Blaster
6. Glass for pouring water
7. Water :-)

Strainer
This is a an interesting tool to visually stimulate a child and visual stimulation helps in brain development. I placed a small plastic strainer over a plastic container with a wide mouth and asked my son to pour water with a glass. During funnel activity he noticed water falling down in one stream whereas in strainer activity, he noticed water falling down in many small streams. This activity provides an opportunity to explore creatively and promotes the development of coordination and concentration.


Squirt bottle
This is a great tool for fine motor development, not only for children but also for elders. I often use it myself to give a good exercise to my palms and fingers. Children love squirt bottle. To make it interesting I kept a toy duck in a bath-tub shaped bowl and my son was too excited to give it a good bath.


Scooper
A spoon and a scooper grip is different. I asked my son to scoop out water from the tray and wash his tiny cars and bikes. He washed almost 20 tiny vehicles. This activity helped me keep him engaged for long and also all the vehicles were tidy clean! What a win-win! As he poured water with a right hand using a scooper, he was rubbing the vehicles with his left hand simultaneously.
This activity provides an opportunity to explore creatively and promotes the development of coordination and concentration.


Water Blaster
Using water blaster requires strength in arms and elbows. To make the activity interesting we decided to bath a plastic toy robot. He filled the water blaster by squeezing in water from the bucket and did it over and again. A great exercise for the muscles! I pointed at different body parts of the robot and my son poured water on those body parts which helped me keep him focused.



LEARNING OPPORTUNITIES
1. Bilateral Co-ordination
2. Fine Motor Development – Palm and Fingers' Strength
3. Hand-Eye Coordination and Control
4. Concentration
5. Language Development – describing what is happening
6. Builds confidence

Hope you too enjoy doing these activities with your child and see him growing into a confident and gentle human being.

It has been more than a year since we do water transfer activities using different methods to move water from one bowl or apparatus to another. They are all really simple to set up and help me keep Shaunak focused for some time. 

We often get distracted in this busy world where the phone is buzzing every other minute! Concentrating on a task for even 15-20 minutes seems difficult. The things will only get worse in future. And I believe, if children are taught at a younger age to stick to a task, to focus and concentrate, it will help them for life. All they need is their parents' undivided attention. It doesn't work if as a parent I ask my child to concentrate on, for example, a puzzle and I keep busy with my chores, then he too will get distracted. I started involving my son in "transfer activities" since he was 2 years. Transferring things like pom-poms, beans, marbles, etc. can keep the child engaged constructively.


Did you see my post about Montessori- inspired water transfer activities Part 1? Do read it, has many interesting tools which can be used for increasing the concentration level in children. 

This is part 2 of the water transfer activities my 3 years old son does at home. Water transfer activities can be listed under practical life skills. Since I started doing these pouring and transferring activities, I see an improved control on his hands, palms and fingers. 

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. A tumbler and 2-3 bowls
3. Squeeze tube or bottle
4. Funnel
5. Eye dropper
6. Toy watering can
7. Water :-)

Tumbler and bowls

I like to expose him to various kinds of containers- plastic, glass, stainless steel, copper, etc.  
I gave him a set of three bowls of equal size. And gave a him a tiny steel tumbler to fill them up with water. I asked him to count how many tumblers are required to fill one bowl. He realized he had to fill up two bowls to fill up each bowl.


Squeeze bottle

Squeeze bottle applies pressure on the palm and child uses all five fingers to squeeze the water in and release.


Eye Dropper

Water Play with Eye Droppers is a colorful and fun activity that encourages development of the pincer grasp. The pincer grasp enables a child to pick up small items using the thumb and index finger and is important for tasks such as holding writing implements and manipulating items such as zippers, buttons and shoes laces. Water Play with Eye Droppers involves collecting water in the eye dropper from a bowl and transferring the water into plastic bottle top lids. 


Funnel

Funnel as a tool seems very interesting to a child to watch how water falls down like a stream. I placed an old plastic bottle in a tray, placed a funnel on top of it and asked my son to pour water with a small glass. He had to fill up the glass over five times and pour it into the funnel to fill up the entire bottle. We did counting while he filled the glass with water. Funnel and stream were the new words which I added to his vocabulary.


Toy watering can

We have a tiny toy watering can, which we used to transfer water from one tray to another. It is a great tool to strengthen child's grip.  It makes a child think- with how much pressure can the water be poured? Or from what height? It is fun to watch water falling down in many small streams.


Learning Opportunities

1. Bilateral Co-ordination
2. Fine Motor Development – Palm and Fingers' Strength
3. Hand-Eye Coordination and Control
4. Concentration
5. Language Development – describing what is happening
6. Creativity and Imagination

Watch the video below to see Shaunak performing the above mentioned water transfer activities:
Hope you too have a lot of learning and focused time with your child. 

Edited to add:

The below post won the Pampers  #SoftestForBabySkin contest powered by Blogadda. I was rewarded with a gift hamper and an amazon voucher! Woot! Nothing makes me more happy than an achievement related to blogging. As I always say, my blogs and blog posts are my babies, I nurture each one of them.

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I have been asked number of times by my friends and even by strangers at the malls, tourist places, about what do I do to keep my baby's skin soft and healthy. I don't have any secrets to share; all I do is follow the pediatrician's advice and my instincts!





Pre and post bath massage

A coconut oil massage before bath helps to keep the baby's skin plump. A good 15 minute massage is not only good for skin but for their bones and muscles too. Mom's hands too become soft as oil penetrates in her hands too!


A light massage using a hydrating moisturizer within 2 minutes of leaving the bath or shower is very important too, as it allows better absorption. As my doctor had advised me, I apply moisturizer 2-3 times a day on his entire body which keeps him away from skin rashes of any kind.


Keeping sun safe

It is very crucial that baby is well protected in the sun. Baby's skin is very delicate. Apply sunscreen 15 to 30 minutes before heading outdoors, and reapply it every two hours. Make sure you cover all exposed areas of your baby's skin, including the tips of the ears, the back of the neck, and the tops of the feet.

Other things to keep in mind are dressing up your baby in light, cotton clothes, using baby stroller with sunshade, cooling the car before setting off for a ride and wearing sunglasses and hats to avoid sunrays.



Drinking Water

Our skin is made up of cells and skin cells, like any other cell in the body, are made up of water. The insufficient amount of water results in dry and flaky skin.

It is important to keep your baby hydrated at all times. After my baby turned 6 months I started feeding him little spoons of plain water as per the pediatrician's advice. The amount of water required depends on your baby's weight. Water cools down babies' bodies, lubricates the joints and makes our muscles work smoothly and this reflects on the skin too.



Introducing good diet

It is very important for expecting mothers to eat good food as the foundation of a good baby skin lays there. Your babies are what you eat! After 6 months baby can be introduced to good eating habits starting fruits, vegetables and grains that are packed with essential nutrients.



Choosing the right diapers

It is essential that you choose good disposable diapers for your baby. The choices are endless but I made my choice after comparing on the aspects of absorbency, fit and comfort. I use Pampers brand for my baby, it’s the one I can completely trust in. And the plus point is that, Pampers diapers are available across the country in all general and medical stores, so even when I'm travelling, I don't have to settle for another brand, I am sure to find it wherever I go with my baby. I love to see my baby in sound sleep wearing Pampers!


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Believe me, it is very difficult to keep up with all these daily jobs. But I work hard to make the foundation strong. And I wish more power to all the mommies!


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