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Pouring Water

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A tray with two pitchers, one with water inside, and a sponge.  


  1. Invite the child to the lesson.
  2. Explain that the child will learn how to pour water. 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, pouring the water into the other pitcher. Pause.
  9. Tilt the pitcher all the way so that it is almost upside down and so no water is left inside of the original pitcher. Pause.
  10. Wait for the very last drop of water to fall out of the pitcher into the other one.
  11. Slowly tilt it back, returning the pitcher right side up. Pause.
  12. Move the pitcher back, hovering about an inch above the tray. Pause.
  13. Carefully set the pitcher down. Pause, holding onto the handle.
  14. With your subdominant hand, pick up the sponge. Pause.
  15. Slowly pat the spout of the pitcher with the sponge to soak up any remaining water. Pause.
  16. Put sponge back down.
  17. With the other pitcher now full of water, repeat these steps until the water is poured back into the original pitcher.


Same as presentation.

Points of Interest

Soaking up spilt water, as well as drying spout. Waiting for last bit of water to drop out without shaking. 


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


2 1/2 to 3


First lesson, there should be only two, clear glass pitchers with bellies. Subsequent lessons increase in difficulty by having different pitchers, or several vessels, or opaque pitchers.   

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