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There are two types of pouring activities. Pouring solid material and pouring water. These works are always presented on a tray and the objects should be placed in writing direction.

The introduced activities can of course be offered with various materials for pouring. I tried to rate them in their level of difficulty.


  • Please note, that you should just put the right amount of rice or water in the container, to provide a control of error and the possibility to experience volume, especially if the contents are divided between more than one container.
  • The pouring material should be conform with the age of the child and the developmental stage - if the child is still in the oral phase, pouring materials should be used that are safe. Or it can be seen as a sign that there might not be too much interest in pouring exerices but rather being eager to self pouring a cup of water to drink.
  • To acknowledge the Montessori Principle of Isolation of quality, the materials for pouring should be homogenous - one single color. (unfortunately I had no undyed corn left for the photo)

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Pouring with solid material you can find a video with an presentation on YouTube

2 transparend mugs, one with corn

Pouring with transparent pitchers is the easiest form of a pouring exercise, because the child has good visual control of the amount, they are pouring.

Required materials

2 undurchsichtige Krüge, einer mit Körnern

Pouring with non-transparent pitchers, this is the next level of pouring with solid materials. Here the child has little visual control over the pouring material.

Required materials

Ein Krug und 3 Gläser mit Körnern

Pouring from a transparent pitcher, in the third stage the pouring material is divided between three transparent cups. It is important that the material is exactly enough for the cups.

Required materials

Pouring exercises with water (to make the control of error easier the water can be coloured with food dye) You will find a video on how to present it on YouTube

2 durchsichtige Krüge mit Wasser

Pour water from one pitcher in the other. The shape of the spout provides different levels of difficulty.

Required materials

2 undurchsichtig Krüge mit Wasser

Pouring water from one pitcher into an other. The next stage up in which the child has less visual control over the pouring material.

Required materials

1 Krug mit 3 Gläsern und Wasser

Pouring water from a transparent pitcher, in the third stage the water is divided between three cups. It is important that the amount of water fits exactly into the cups.

Required materials

1 Teekanne mit 2 Teetassen

Pouring from a nontransparent pitcher, in the fourth stage the water is divided into two nontransparent cups. It is important that the amount of water fits exactly into the two cups.

Required materials

3 Flaschen und ein Trichter

Divide water with a funnel into two different bottles. Choose the smaller bottles in a way that the amount of water from the larger bottles fits exactly into the smaller ones.

Required materials

  • 1 big bottle with a tight neck
  • 2 small bottles with a tight neck
  • 1 fitting funnel
  • Water (possibly food coloring)
  • Sponge cloth and towel
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