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Today I want to share a simple water transfer toddler activity that’s been a HUGE hit with Little J lately. It takes less than 5 minutes to set up and it’s guaranteed fun for at least 20 minutes – just enough time for dinner prep!
Here’s the kicker: this activity EVOLVES. So your toddler won’t get bored quickly because he’s doing the same thing over and over again. It’s open play. You set it up and he’ll play with it as he likes.
Here’s what you’ll need:
- Large deep-dish aluminum tray*, or any tray to contain the mess
- Paper towel
- Extra scoops/toys (optional)
Fill 3 cups halfway with water and let your child add the food colouring. I wanted to work on primary colours, so I picked blue, red and yellow. Other times my toddler has picked the colours he wanted.
Set the cups on one deep-dish tray and stack a few paper towels on another one.
We started the activity with droppers to work on fine motor skills. Have your child drop water onto the paper towels and see the colours mix!
You can use the scooping mechanism of your choice. We’ve also done this with measuring cups and spoons.
Once he was done with the droppers, he started transferring water from one cup to another. At that point, I gave him a different tray and an additional empty cup to transfer the water in.
Once all the cups were emptied into the tray, he picked up the dropper again and tried to refill the cups.
That’s it! Super simple and gives you a bit of a break! Remember that if you let your child lead the way, it’s more likely to keep him busy for a while.
I’m thinking we’ll use funnels next time! I’d love to hear about your variations for this activity!