by Laura Berthiaume October 03, 2022 3 min read
Transfer activities are any activity where the child is transferring objects from one vessel to another.
In most toddler classrooms, children transfer small objects like pom poms, balls, marbles, dried legumes, or water between bowls or pitchers (more on specific activities below).
These types of activities are wonderful for developing hand strength, coordination, and concentration.
Here are some simple transfer activities you can set up at home:
Purpose of Hand Transfer: To develop and strengthen the hand. Using smaller objects will also develop the pincer grip.
Purpose of Spooning/Tonging Activities:to develop and strengthen the hands, wrists, fine motor coordination, and equilibrium (balance).
Purpose of Pouring Activities:to develop fine motor coordination, equilibrium (balance), concentration, and focus. These activities also help children improve the use of two hands working together, which is necessary for dressing and many food prep activities.
There are many ways that transfer activities can be extended, like pouring into a funnel or transferring objects into an ice cube tray. Both of these require more fine motor control than just transferring to a larger opening.
Transfer activities also naturally occur when preparing and serving food.
You can incorporate transfer activities into snack & meal times by:
You can find more transfer extension activities in our at-home program here.
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