Create a simple pouring station to entertain your toddler.
Is there anything better than a concentrating toddler dumping water all over the place? This activity takes seconds to set up and hold’s toddler attention spans for so much longer. A free activity that captures my toddler’s attention… Pouring Station is my activity Nirvana.
Our water pouring station is one of my absolute favorite toddler activities and one of my son’s favorites to do. This activity is a great way to teach the practical life skill pouring. It gives toddlers the chance to practice a skill they will need and use often in life in a safe, engaging manner.
Setting up a pouring station is quick and easy!
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I used my trusty under the bed tub for this activity just to keep things in a nice even space because I have issues. Outside, you’re probably good to just set this up and go – it’s my personal preference to have it in a bin even on my patio. Like I said: issues. Also, make sure to vary the size of your containers so your toddler can practice filling different capacities.
I set my toddler, Sam, up a pouring station for two reasons.
- He loves dumping water (shocker: he’s a toddler).
- He’s going to need to learn to pour for himself someday so why not start this skill now? He’s definitely interested in learning how to pour so it’s not like this is some hard sell on a used car with 200K miles.
Yes, I do this activity inside the house too!
Inside the house, I definitely use the under the bed tub to catch the water (and use roughly 1,000 towels under the tub too). Trust me, this can be an inside activity for a rainy day – just have lots of towels ready and your game face on.
Within our pouring station, I put a mix of containers. Some had water and some didn’t. I also chose to add food coloring to some of the containers for added fun.
As my toddler poured, we could see the red and blue water turning to purple, and then the color diluting as regular water was mixed in. Just a little added science bang for your project buck.
This was an absolute hoot to watch. Sam did pretty good with aiming but had absolutely no concept of capacity. I’m not saying that disparagingly, it was just an interesting observation that I had while watching him. In his head, the full pitcher of water was totally going to fit in the baby food jar. I loved it.
We give the Pouring Station two very excited thumbs up. He played with this independently for about 20 minutes which felt like an eternity to me and kind of was.
Would your toddler love a pouring station?