Transparent Watering Can
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Dr Montessori told us that "Nothing awakens foresight in a small child" so much as caring for the natural world as "When he knows that little plants will dry up if he does not water them, he binds together with a new thread of love today's passing moments with those of the morrow". Dr Montessori recognised that children tend to focus on the immediate moment but that when they are engaged with caring for the natural world there is an almost magical transformation as the child begins to think ahead and understand the natural consequences of a lack of care. Caring for plants also allows each child a strong sense of achievement, self-confidence and joyful responsibility. As such it is important that any Montessori-inspired environment - whether at home or in a school setting - is well-equipped to encourage this care for the natural world.
These adorable Watering Cans are an ideal tool to inspire a child to begin caring for plants. They are small and cute - the dimensions of the watering can are approximately 25cm from spout to handle, 17cm height and around 12cm in width. This is an ideal size to promote purposeful work for even the youngest child.
The watering can is small enough that most toddlers or Pre-school children can effectively carry and control it independently, but it is large enough that some strength and perseverance will be required as it becomes heavier with the weight of the water inside. A child (or the adult) can help to balance these two qualities by focusing on how full the can is; a child who is just learning to carry and tip the watering can should fill it only a little so that the weight of the water does not become too great, whereas a child who has successfully mastered this initial step can then increase the challenge by filling the watering can entirely to make it heavier. This process is supported by the fact that the watering can is transparent, allowing the child to see the rising water level inside.
The transparency also helps the child to make spontaneous scientific connections, such as linking the volume of the water to the weight of the can or observing the movement and flow of liquid as it is poured out onto the plants.
The Transparent Watering Can could also be used for sandpit or mud play. It matches perfectly with our Transparent Water Pump.
The manufacturer recommends the Transparent Watering Can for ages 12 months +