Pouring water or transferring dry materials are two staple activities in the Montessori Practical Life area. “Transferring” simply means moving an object from one container to another, typically using a tong, spoon or pitcher to do so.
In any transferring or pouring work, the goal is to achieve fine motor control. Children also learn self-control and concentration skills at the same time!
For a fine motor transferring activity at home, try to find a small set of tongs or even tweezers, some pom poms or yarn balls, and two dishes, preferably made of a natural material!
We found this set on Etsy, but any combination of objects, tongs, and containers will suit your needs.
Invite your child to transfer the objects from one container to another, one at a time. Focus on the pincer grip, or the thumb and pointer finger working together. This will prepare your child’s hand for gripping a pencil to write!
After transferring all of your objects from one container to another, simply start the activity again or put it away for another day. Anytime your child is interested in fine motor work, consider using a transferring activity!
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