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  • An assortment of small trays. 
  • Small bowls in matching pairs.
  • Small spoons in a variety of types – sugar shell, demitasse, honey, etc. 
  • Grains to fill 1/3 to ½ 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 spoon. Ask the child to watch.
  3. Slowly pick up the spoon. Pause.
  4. Hold it straight, in front of the two vessels.
  5. Move the spoon over the full vessel and hover the spoon two inches over the beans, pause.
  6. Lower the spoon, pause.
  7. Turn the spoon down to the left. Pause.
  8. Dig into the beans. Pause.
  9. Turn the spoon back up. Pause.
  10. Lift spoon just above the surface of the beans. Pause.
  11. Raise spoon about two inches above vessel. Pause.
  12. Slowly transfer the spoon to hover over the empty vessel. Pause.
  13. Lower the spoon just above the bottom of the empty vessel. Pause.
  14. Slowly tilt the spoon down to the left. With beans spilling out, pause.
  15. Slowly tilt the spoon back upright. Pause.
  16. Raise the spoon two inches above the vessel. Pause.
  17. Transfer back to the fuller vessel, and hover over.
  18. Repeat these steps until all the beans have been fully transferred to the other vessel.
  19. Repeating those steps again, return the beans to the original vessel.


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, vessels should have rounded interiors to make it easier to scoop up the contents, this can get progressively harder with straighter interiors. On some surfaces that are slippery, the vessel may need to be held still with the subdominant hand.  

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