Ever wonder why there are so many activities about transferring and sorting things? When I first started introducing these activities to Sweet Butterfly, I thought they are just different activities to build
- Hand-eye coordination
- Maths – sorting, colour
- Some form of motor skills
Recently, I found out these activities all lead to a greater objective: Learning the proper way of holding a pencil. Here are some quotes from the John Bowman, writer of the ebook “Montessori At Home!”.
From the book, I found out that Sweet Butterfly was practicing her “whole hand grasp” when we transferred water using sponge during our Bath Our Farm Animal activity. Here are other activities we did to help achieve the greater objective.
- Colour stacking cups
- Tongs (Diaso)
- Pom-poms (Diaso)
- Chopsticks (Diaso)
- Ice-cube trays (Japan Home)
- Fine motor
- 1:1 correspondence
Keeping our coloured cups using tongs
Transferring pom-poms using tongs
To make our pom-poms transferring more interesting, I placed trays on our coffee table. Sweet Butterfly had to walk all the way to the coffee table to sort the pom-poms. We had a mini competition . This activity is good for practicing 1:1 correspondence too.
We did transferring using chopsticks too. This is to practice ‘Pincer grip’.
We are still working on transferring using the chopsticks.