Does your little one love playing with water?

water-transeferIt is no secret that young children love water.  They love touching it, scooping it, pouring it, splashing it…you name it!  In order to address this interest, encourage repetition, and support developing concentration in purposeful work at Studio June, we have designed a water transfer activity.  For those of you who attended my presentation at MTIPs last summer, you saw this activity in action.  And for those of who participate in our classes at Studio June, you know the joy your children experience with this activity.  You can set up this activity in your kitchen, or outside.

Purpose: to fill the water jug with fresh water

Skills: carrying a pitcher with two hands, filling a water pitcher, pouring through a funnel, wiping up a spill

Points of interest: watching the water fill the jug, the sound of the water filling the pitcher and the jug, using the water source, finding puddles of water to clean up

Materials: 2 glass water jugs (1 sealed and unopened and the other empty), 1 ceramic water dispenser, 1 large tray, 1 funnel, 1 2oz. pitcher, 1 low table, 1 basin fitted with a grate on top.

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Set-up: the empty water jug is placed on the tray.  The funnel is placed in the water jug, the small pitcher is placed on the tray.  You may want to add a rug under the tray to help with spills.

Across the room, the ceramic dispenser goes on the low table and the basin and grate go under the spigot.  The sealed water jug goes on the water dispenser.

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Notes:

  1. The purpose is to fill the water jug and the idea is the children clearly see the purpose of the activity to keep the water source filled. I DO NOT use the water the children add to the jug as drinking water.  I use this water to water plants after the children leave for the day.  Many other things fall in to the water and the children sometimes drink it on their way to fill the jug, so in order to keep the water source clean, I only use freshly filtered water in the water source.
  2. I always keep a filled and sealed water jug on top of the ceramic water dispenser (the water source).  To fill the dispenser, I take the sealed jug off, pour filtered water into the ceramic dispenser, and then place the sealed water jug back on top.  The sealed water jug helps to weight the water dispenser, keeping it stable and controlling the amount of water used during class.
  3. Ideally, the children would fill the empty water jug from a low sink.  The water dispenser is used because we do not have access to a low sink.  

Five Easy Pieces

This post is the first of a series I will call “Five Easy Pieces”. Yes, that is the title of a 1970 Jack Nicholson film, but it is also the idea in fashion that five key pieces in your wardrobe can make all the difference.  I am going to take this opportunity to show DIY activities for young children that can be made from Five Easy Pieces and inspire hours of educational fun!

This week’s project: Magnet Language Activity

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Purpose:

  • Visual matching
  • Eye-Hand Coordination
  • Vocabulary Enrichment

The five pieces: 

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  • a magnetic board
  • a set of magnets
  • 11″ x 11″ color paper
  • a small tray or basket
  • adhesive

1. Choose a magnetic board.  I picked up one for $3 in the Target dollar section.  They are also available on amazon.com as well as office supplies stores.  I recommend 12″x12″.

2. Choose a set of realistic magnets.  I found a couple MagnaFun sets at our local Ross store. Melissa and Doug have some nice sets.      I also really like this set by Mud Puppy 

3. Make categories of 5-6 magnets.  For example, I bought a farm set and a wild animal set and was able to make; farm animals, birds, farm equipment, mammals, African animals… Arrange each category of magnets face down on a color copier, place a piece of 11″x11″ color paper on top. multiple magnet sets

4. Color copy the image onto card stock.

5. Trim the image as needed (I like to round the corners with a corner rounder).  

6. Attach the laminated picture to the magnetic board with double stick tape.

7. Attach the magnetic board to the wall with industrial strength Velcro.  (This can also be kept flat on a shelf, but I find young children like to see the magnets vertically on the wall).final magnet board

8. Use a light weight basket or tray to house the magnets and attach it to the wall under the magnetic board.  

9. Change the picture and magnets as your child’s interest changes.