Pouring water from a jug into two equal containers

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  1. One large jug.
  2. Two identical small jugs (approximately half the size of the large jug).
  3. Sponge.
  4. A tray.


This is an individual presentation.


  1. Directress shows the child how to carry the materials on a tray to the table and shows the child how to pour.
  2. Directress shows the child how to hold the handle of the jug by grasping the handle between the thumb and the index finger.
  3. Tilt the jug.
  4. Support the jug by placing the index and middle fingers of the other hand just below the spout of the jug.
  5. Make sure that the tip of the spout is not touching the smaller jug placed on the tray.
  6. Pour about half of the water into the first smaller jug and then the remainder into the other second smaller jug.
  7. Then poured back the water from the smaller jugs back into the large jug, starting from the first jug that was poured into first.
  8. When Directress has finished demonstrating, allow the child to try it.

Control Of Error

Spillage - visual. The sponge is used to wipe.

Points Of Interest

Align two small jugs in a row so that the level of the water may be viewed easily.
If water is spilled, show the child how to dry it up using the sponge.


Direct aims:

  • To refine the child's skill of pouring.
  • To teach the child to estimate quantity.

Indirect aims:

  • To develop the child's eye-hand coordination.
  • To develop the child's fine motor skills.
  • To develop the child concentration.
  • To develop the child's independence.
  • To satisfy the child's need for order.


  • Use food coloring to color the water to make it attractive.
  • May use different shapes and sizes of containers to replace the small jugs to increase the difficulty of estimating.