How can something so simple be so entertaining? Sometimes we go overboard and buy the expensive toy we think they’ll like and they end up playing with pouring water back and forth between cups instead.
My son became interested in the refrigerator water spout as he’s watched my husband and I get water from it for several years. He decided to try it for himself one day. He grabbed one of his cups and put it under the refrigerator spout and pushed the cup back to start the flow. He surprised himself as the water started to pour out into his cup and jumped back. Once he got the hang of it though, he wanted to try it again and again and again, until every cup had come out of the cupboard and was full of water and spread out across the floor.
Fast-forward a few days and he has decided he’s got the hang of filling the cups. Now what? I set out a cookie tray to catch drips and placed two cups (half full of water) on it. He then spent a good portion of the next few days pouring water back and forth from cup to cup. I added more cups to the tray to give him more of an option to choose from.
The goal was to get him practiced in pouring the water between the cups without spilling any. He didn’t do so well the first day, but as time progressed, he kept getting better and better until he didn’t spill anymore. A practical and engaging activity that keeps me from cleaning up messes!
Supplies: A cookie tray with sides, cups, and water.
Preparation: Place the cups on the tray and fill one with water (or let him do it if he knows how.)