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Pouring Grain

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  • An assortment of small trays.
  • Small pitchers and other vessels, some transparent and some translucent.
  • Grains to fill 1/3 to 2/3 full -rice, corn kernels, lentils, split peas, beans, etc.   


  1. Invite the child to the lesson.
  2. Explain that the child will learn how to pour grain. Ask the child to watch.
  3. With dominant hand, place pincer grip on pitcher handle. Pause.
  4. With subdominant hand, place two fingers on the belly of the pitcher. Pause.
  5. Slowly lift the pitcher up about two inches above the tray. Pause.
  6. Move the pitcher to the left, right next to the empty pitcher. Pause.
  7. Tilt the pitcher about forty-five degrees to the left. Pause, look at the child.
  8. Slowly tilt the pitcher even more, releasing the grains into the other pitcher. Pause.
  9. Tilt the pitcher all the way so that it is almost upside down and so no grains are left in the original pitcher. Pause.
  10. Slowly tilt it back, returning the pitcher right side up. Pause.
  11. Move the pitcher back, hovering about an inch above the tray. Pause.
  12. Carefully set the pitcher down. Pause.
  13. Repeat these steps until the grains are poured back into the original pitcher.


Same as presentation.

Points of Interest

Picking up fallen or misplaced contents.


Independence, control of voluntary movement, concentration, patience, eye hand coordination.


2 1/2 to 3


First lesson, there should be only two pitchers with straight interiors. This can get progressively harder with multiple pitchers to pour into as well as non-clear pitchers.  

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