If there is something that would hold my toddler’s attention for a max of five minutes, that would be transferring, spooning or pouring lentils/water.
That is the specialty of Montessori; she exactly nailed what the child would be naturally interested in. And for a toddler, it’s the best place to start to learn practical life skills.
Come on, who doesn’t like their toddler to pour themselves a glass of water while you put food on their plate. Well, I know that’s too much to expect from a toddler. But I have been surprised many a times by his ability. Thus, I would keep hoping for it 🙂
There is always a sequence to this practical life skills, you start with dry pouring, cleaning up spills, wet pouring and then spraying water to clean window sills and then on to pour water to scrub the table.
Yup, so let’s start with dry pouring.
Your child develops mind-hand coordination, concentration, also order and independence.
Provide two identical jars or containers which your child could easily hold.
And don’t forget to show them how to clean the spills.
How to extend this activity?
Move onto wet pouring.