Preparatory Activities for Fine Motor Skills
Pouring beans from one jug to two unequal bowls
2 ½ years onwards
One jug, two unequal bowls, beans, tray and mat.
Note: The directress has to ensure that the material is adequate, clean and in proper order for use.
Invite the child to begin the Work Cycle.
Show the child where the mat is placed.
Ask the child to carry the mat to the work area and unroll the mat. •
Show the child where the tray containing the materials is kept. •
Ask the child to carry the tray to the work area holding the tray on its sides with both hands and place the tray on the mat. •
Introduce the material to the child.
Grasp the handle of the jug with the index and middle fingers of the right hand. The right thumb is placed on top of the handle. •
Stabilize the underside of the jug with index and middle fingers of the left hand. •
Gently tilt and pour in the bowls from top to bottom.
Since the activity involves pouring in two unequal bowls there will be a remainder left in the jug which needs to be shown to the child. •
Replace the jug on the mat ensuring the handle is to the left of the tray. •
Pick up any spilled beans with a pincer grip, show it to the child and place it in the last filled bowl. •
Pick up the top bowl with all fingers of both hands and gently pour the beans into the jug. Replace the bowl. •
Pick up the bottom bowl with all fingers of both hands and gently pour the beans into the jug. Replace the bowl. •
Pick up any spilled beans with a pincer grip, show it to the child and place it in the jug. •
Place the jug and the bowls in the centre of the tray.
Invite the child to have a turn.
End the work cycle.
Control of error:
Noise of spilling the beans
Points of Interest:
Introduce the jug and the two unequal bowls to the child. •
Use the three dominant right hand fingers to hold the jug and...
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