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Pouring Liquids

“Don’t Cry Over Spilt Milk…Just Learn How To Pour”

  • Position your child in a sturdy position.
  • Demonstrate pouring the liquids into both a cup and a bowl.
  • Give your child a water bottle, which limits the amount of liquid that comes out.
  • Have your child practice tilting the water bottle and transferring the liquid into a cup.
  • Use hand over hand assistance at first to guide your child through the pouring motion.
  • Start with thicker liquids, like yogurt or milk shakes, and then decrease the thickness.
  • During play with your child, set up tea parties with dolls and stuffed animals.
  • Have your child pour cereal from the box into a bowl and pasta into an empty pot.
  • Allow your child to help you prepare meals, pouring ingredients into a bowl.
  • Give your child a smaller pitcher with enough liquid to fill a cup.
  • Decrease the physical and verbal prompts as your child becomes more confident in pouring.
  • Make sure the cup that your child is pouring the liquid into is sturdy, so that the liquid does not spill.
  • Give your child instructions, such as hold the pitcher with one hand and the cup with the other.  Pour slowly, tip the cup a little.