Pot Head Water Transferring Kit
This deceptively simple kit hides valuable fine motor and cultural experiences!
This Transferring Kit comes complete with;
- A 10ml plastic syringe
- A small glass pipette (eye dropper) with plastic bulb
- A small ceramic bowl
- A 'Pot Head' ready-to-grow planter in ceramic vase
The kit contains everything you need to immediately set up a Practical Life activity tray that promotes fine motor coordination while helping a child observe the life cycle of a plant from 'seed to green'!
The child can start by setting up the Pot Head to grow by immersing the 'head' in water (it is ideal to leave this for several hours to soak) and filling the ceramic pot with water by transferring it from the bowl with the syringe or pipette. The plant should then be placed in a dark place for three days while the seeds germinate (it can be sealed in a bag or box to help this process). After three days the seedlings need some sunlight so the child can place the pot head into a location with mild sunlight (in fact, the child might be responsible for moving it during the day to keep it in a sunny spot!). The child will need to regularly check on the ceramic pot to make sure that it is filled with water. When it is running low the child can use the syringe or pipette to refill it. Alternatively, the syringe or pipette can be used to drip water directly on the 'head' of the little figure. The child becomes responsible for cultivating the growth of a plant while getting plenty of 'fine motor' exercise from the use of the transferring tools.
The utensils and bowl can be repurposed for many other activities, including water transferring activity trays or other practical tasks such as watering other indoor plants.
This kit helps to bridge the gap between two 'schools of thought' on Montessori "activity trays". Many schools and homes present water transferring trays where, for instance, a syringe is used to transfer water back and forth from one jug to another.
Some Montessori educators believe, very strongly, that "activity trays" like that should not be viewed as Practical Life experiences. This is based on the belief that any isolated step, that is removed from its overall sequence or context, is no longer practical. Some Montessorians believe that when it is no longer 'practical' then it is no longer purposeful or meaningful.
Other Montessori educators believe that isolated activity trays are not only worthy of being called Practical Life experiences but that they are vital and valuable aids in supporting the child's physical development and social/emotional well-being. These educators feel that by isolating certain steps in the process the child can engage in a degree of repetition and refinement that would not otherwise be readily available in the overall context (eg. a child might want to peel 20 carrots in a row but there might not be any real recipe requiring this amount, so an activity tray of carrots and a peeler would seem appropriate to satisfy the child's impulse). These Montessorians also feel that the isolated activity trays prepare the child for success (an important Montessori principle) by ensuring that the child can master a specific element that is particularly challenging without having to repeatedly 'fail' at the overall task (again using our carrot example, if a child could only ever grate carrots for a carrot cake - and never for isolated activity - then the limited quantity required for that recipe would mean the child might have to make a lumpy carrot cake 10 times before he/she can improve).
The Pot Head Water Transferring Kit finds harmony between the two perspectives. It provides the opportunity for isolated repetition and refinement but it also connects that to a broader context by transferring the water to a living plant rather than simply to another vessel.
(Due to the quantity of seeds the 'Pot Head' will continue to sprout grass for quite some time. We are aware of growth continuing for up to a year. However individual results will vary according to the individual seeds and based on the care provided to the set over time).