Kids adore playing with water, especially colored water. So, why not incorporate learning into something fun so that the kids will be motivated to play longer (translation to parents= learn more!). This fill your cup game is very easy to make and is completely adaptable to any age and developmental level.
In addition to the academic learning concepts in this game, your child will also be developing their fine motor skills, especially in the area of hand strengthening. By using an eye dropper to transfer water into the cups, your child will be developing his pincer grasp.
is essential for pencil grip, pre-cutting skills, feeding tasks, self- care tasks like snapping, buttoning, and zipping; and object manipulation like building blocks, turning pages, and holding onto papers.
Several clear plastic cups
How to Construct:
Decide what learning concepts your want your child to focus on (i.e. letters, shapes, numbers, words, etc..)
Cut paper in several circles and write your desired learning concepts on the paper circles
Tape the circles onto the bottoms of the clear plastic cups (tape on the outside of the cup)
Fill a larger cup or bowl with water and add food coloring
How to Play
Have your child fill the eye dropper up with colored water from the larger cup or bowl
Instruct your child to find the cup with a specific learning concept (i.e. find the cup with word “Sat” or the cup with the “number 12”),
Have the child use the eye dropper to squirt the colored water into that specific cup
Your child can repeatedly squirt the colored water into the same cup until it is about 1/2 full before moving onto the next one. Make memories with every droplet as you laugh and learn together! Enjoy!
Cindy@Your Kids OT says
Great idea! I’m going to do this with my little one learning sight words and add a second colour so he can see what happens when the colours mix. Also scheduled to share on my FB page. Thanks!
Amy Smith says
Thank you so much Cindy! Today was the first “official” day I launched my new website so I REALLY appreciate any shares you can do! It’s been so exciting to see the responses I’ve gotten so far with my site. I have seen your site several times and really like your work as well, so I feel honored that you would share mine! Thanks again! 🙂 Amy