How to make a scoop and transfer set up for your toddler.
Obviously, it’s the cutest toddler activity I’ve ever seen. Something about the small scoops and small holes… In related news, I clearly don’t get out much.
I came up with this toddler activity as a teeny tiny nod to one of my favorite activities, scooping station. The set up was a snap with a high “return of investment” (meaning my toddler played for a lot longer than it took me to put this together).
“Return of Investment” is crucial to me with activities. If I spend even 5 minutes prepping something for my kids, then I better get those 5 minutes back and then some. These are part of my activity commandments / by-laws.
Setting up scoop and transfer is quick and easy.
As I started out saying, the set up for scoop and transfer was simple: I put three sets of beans out for my toddler with some small spoons and paired it all with my beloved ice cube tray. I set it in this wooden tray a little for show (what? It looks pretty!) but really to catch any errant beans. In later doings of this project, I’ve started using an under the bed storage tub to keep things really contained.
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My toddler, Sam, played Scoop and Transfer to his heart’s content. He really enjoys this activity and can do it independently (he has graduated from the “will stick anything and everything in my mouth” phase – Hallelujah – of course, I still supervise him while he plays). Sometimes we use the ice cube trays, sometimes cup cake tins.
The first time we did this project it was like pulling teeth to get Sam (then 25 months old) to use the scoops and not just dump the bowls of beans right into the tray – after about 5 minutes, I gave up and let him dump to his heart’s content. Yes, all the beans mixed together and it is what it is. They now live as a happy family in a giant Ziploc bag.
In subsequent playings of Scoop and Transfer, Sam hasn’t wanted to dump them – progress! I think he sees the “game” of the transfer and the fun of slowly moving the items over which is good because he will play this for a while. “A While” in This Mom’s definition of Toddler Standard Time is anything more than 10 minutes in length.
Grab yourself some beans at the store. We use beans a lot, they last forever, and are an easy go-to project supply to just have on hand. Trust me, this toddler activity is a total winner and one that you will want to try.