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Christmas Bulb Transfer Activity for Toddlers

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If you leave a glass of water on the table, leave it to the toddler in the family to find another cup to go with it.

When the toddler finds a cup, he gets on the table and pours water from cup to cup.

But, he needs work on his transferring skills, so water ends up all over the table and floor.

So that is why I decided to give a certain toddler plastic Christmas bulbs to pour instead-- I figured there would be a little less mess that way.  
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I was kinda right, but at least the mess wasn't wet!

My 20 month old is fascinated with pouring whatever from one cup to another, so being that it is Christmas time, I brought out some shiny Christmas bulbs from our school room closet and set up a simple transfer activity.

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Quick Christmas Toddler Activity


I placed the Christmas bulbs in one container and called my 20 month over to come explore the contents of the container by pouring and dumping.

I provided a spoon so he could practice scooping and work on hand-eye coordination by transferring them to the other container.

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In the end he much preferred pouring the whole container of bulbs into the empty one!  That takes a lot of skill!

So back and forth the bulbs went!

Christmas Toddler Activity

Until he realized it was fun to roll them all over the floor instead! Ha!

He showed me who was in charge of this activity!!

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This activity would work with a number or other materials, too-- just as always, be watchful with little hands working with little materials.  Adult supervision is recommended.

I also encourage you to document these types of activities with your little one via camera.  You can get some great expressions of concentration, joy, and/ or smiles over a job well done... or a mess well-made!

Keep your toddler busy this Christmas season with these fun ideas:

Fine Motor Play with Ornaments