Transferring activities are one of the standard practices in Montessori classrooms. Moving small things or liquids from one container to the next gives children a chance to practice their motor skills.
I have been wanting to offer Greysen some new manipulatives for some time, but was not really sure what would interest her. I did not really want to buy anything new, so after a short rummage through my kitchen for inspiration I decided to offer her a transferring activity using dry objects for her first time. I gathered some dry beans from our kitchen cupboard, an egg tray, and a medicinal spoon, and invited her to try it out. This spooning activity required no explanation. She went right to work!
This spoon was ideal for this activity because she could see it fill with beans after every scoop.
I now wonder what else I can find in my kitchen for her to sort these into. She was so occupied with this that even when her Abuelita (Grandmother) dropped by for a visit, Greysen persisted in filling each space with beans.