Practical Life Skills
Sponge Squeezing with Garlic Press
Practical life skills are a great way to create independence in a young child. Choosing simple activities like transferring and scooping and pouring, shows a child that they can learn to take care of themselves and others. I am sure you have all seen how a child likes to imitate the activities of an adult, so here is a perfect opportunity!
Liam is a doer. He is a doer of activities that involve interesting steps. Practical life skills activities and trays have been a real hit with Liam these days. However, simple transfers for him are not exciting enough, but they are still skills that need to be learned and perfected! Here is a transfer practical life skill activity with a twist. Take a look at this practical life skill tray I decided to set our for him to work on the other day!
Garlic Press Sponge Squeezing Water Transfer!
I set up this simple practical life skill tray with a garlic press, sponge, a bucket of water with sponge pieces, an empty container for him to squeeze the water into and a second empty container for squeezing the big sponge into after he cleaned up any spills.
I simply showed him to insert the little sponge piece and squeeze it over the empty container to catch the water. Remove the sponge and put it back into the full water container and grab another. Repeat until the water is all gone and has been transferred to the large container. It was an exciting process and one that required concentration!
Maneuvering the garlic press took concentration and trial and error.
Keeping the work area clean and neat is very important to Liam.
Using his hands to squeeze the sponges and watch the water come out was also quite fun!
More cleaning needed for small spills
He even enjoyed cleaning up his little spills. He made up his own clean up song. Eventually most of the water was completely transferred, but I would judge your child’s attention span and your desire to have him or her finish the activity when you fill up the container with water!
One of the best things about this practical life tray activity is that it makes him slow down a bit and concentrate on what he needs to do to be successful at the activity. Liam is always in a rush, his little body is always racing past his mind, so we have lots of accidents. Glad he doesn’t mind the cleaning up part too much!