Today I want to share a simple water transfer toddler activity that’s been a HUGE hit with Little J. It takes less than 5 minutes to setup and guarantees fun for at least 20 minutes – just enough time for dinner prep!
Here’s the kicker: this activity EVOLVES. It’s open play. This is definitely a boredom buster activity! 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.
After 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 letting your child lead the way will most likely 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!