Using a Sponge

From Montessori Album
Using a Sponge
Practical Life - Fine Motor Skills
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PrerequisitesGrasping Transfer
1 or 2 bowls of water

In these lessons the child learns how to ...


You may be tempted to skip this one because it's so simple, but young children love this. Many later activities have a sponge just in case of drips and little children will want to use those sponges in the way that it is used in this activity. Let them get it out of their systems beforehand.

Sponge Squeezing

  1. Step one
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  2. Step Two
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  3. Step Three
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  4. Step Four
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Sponge Transfer

  1. Step One
    Sponge 2-1.JPG
  2. Step Two
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  3. Step Three
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Points of Interest

Control of Error

Spilling water is the control of error. The child will determine that it is more efficient to maintain the water in the bowls so that he/she does not have to clean it up.

Variations and Extensions