Transfering water with a pipette

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  1. Two identical bowls, one half filled with water.
  2. A pipette.
  3. A sponge.


This is an individual presentation.


  1. Directress shows the child how to carry the materials on a tray and shows the child how to use a turkey baster.
  2. Directress shows the child how to hold the pipette by grasping the rubber top with the thumb and index finger, press both the fingers together, holding it and placing it into the bowl till the glass tip touches the bottom of the bowl.
  3. Release gently and you will find water being soaked up the pipette.
  4. Then transfer it to the other bowl by placing it just over the bowl, and gently press the rubber top to let the water come out into the bowl.
  5. Repeat the exercise by transferring all the water from left to right-hand and then back from right to left-hand side of the bowl.

Control Of Error

Spillage - visual.
If water is spilled, Directress shows the child how to mop it using the sponge.

Points Of Interest


Direct aims:

  • To teach the child how to use the pipette.

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.
  • To build their muscles for pencil grip.