Toddler Scooping Activity: This is a HUGE life skills activity that every child needs
Kids need to learn scooping skills.
When you think about a toddler and the skills they actually need to learn in early childhood – life skills are a big part of that. Kids need to learn skills to lead independent lives and one of the simplest skills to start with: scooping. Try this toddler scooping activity ASAP.
RELATED: My favorite skills for kids are ones that help them think, reason, and ask questions. We do a lot of that in Playing Preschool: my home activities program.
Why do kids need to learn scooping skills?
Our goal is to raise independent kids. One of the ways we support that is by introducing life skills to kids (scooping and pouring are two of my favorites) so they can begin handling life on their own.
When we think of children growing, we want to make sure they are learning skills that will help them in life. If we DON’T give our children the chance to learn to scoop in low stress situations like a toddler activity when are they supposed to learn?
We can’t always be scooping for them. They need to learn to scoop all on their own.
RELATED: Need more quick and easy activities for toddlers? Check out this page of indoor activities!
This toddler scooping activity is so easy to set up.
Remember, toddler activities don’t need to be fancy to be effective. It doesn’t need to be a gorgeous, Pinterest-worthy set up like you see so often online. Our kids don’t need fancy activities.
- 28 qt storage container by Sterilite (I got mine from Target)
- Garbanzo beans
- Clear bowls and colored bowls
- Plastic scoop (I use Dollar Store ones)
I put the garbanzo beans into a bowl and set the bowl in the storage container. I added a bunch of colored bowls around the beans along with a plastic scoop. I love these plastic scoops from the Dollar Store).
A NOTE ABOUT BEANS: Remember that beans are easily put in noses and ears. Please use good judgment to decide if you kid is ready for beans.
Scoop and Transfer is just plain amazing
My son (3) here sat for 15 minutes scooping and transferring beans into bowls and then back again.
He was using so many fine motor skills, all the hand-eye coordination, grip strength, and arm strength.
Making a toddler scooping activity is full of crucial skills.
Don’t overlook this simple activity
Simple activities are so often the best activities – we don’t need crazy fancy!
It’s so important to use easy activities like this and make a huge impact in your child’s independent future life.