This week I have put out a water pouring activity. I am excited to have this set up. I set it up directly as described in my Montessori Practical Life album. While I had water pouring activities last year I didn't set them up exactly in this way. I am pretty sure this activity will be a hit in my classroom. I will try to explain the steps of this work as best as I can. First of all, you will need an apron, a sponge, two trays, a "working" pitcher (I'll explain that), a clear pitcher, a vessel for pouring into and a bucket. You will also need tape to mark the pouring lines on the pitchers and vessel. I have set this work up on my stationary shelf. The children will stand right here to do this work.
Here is a close-up of the trays.
To begin with the child puts on the apron. Then they take the "working pitcher" (the plastic one on the small red tray) to the sink and fill it to the red line with water. They pour the water from the working pitcher into the glass pitcher and wipe the rim of the working pitcher with the sponge. Then they pour water from the glass pitcher into the glass, stopping at the red line. They wipe the rim of the glass pitcher with the sponge, then pour the water from the glass into the bucket on the floor. I have "rigged" it so they should be able to fill the glass 3 times before the water runs out. When finished pouring they remove the pitcher and glass from the tray and use the sponge to wipe up any spills. Then they squeeze the sponge into the bucket. Finally, they take the bucket to the sink and pour out the water then return the bucket its spot. After they remove and hang up the apron they are finished!
To mark the tape lines I first found the glass I wanted to use and filled it with water about 2/3 full. I then marked this line with the red tape (water line at the bottom of the tape) and poured the water into the glass pitcher. I repeated this process (without adding more tape, obviously!) until I had poured three glasses into the glass pitcher. Then I marked the water line on the glass pitcher with tape. Finally, I poured the water from the glass pitcher into the working pitcher and marked the water line with tape.