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Water Drops on Wax Paper

Sweet Pea is 39 months old.

From: I found this excellent activity at The Adventures of Bear.


  • Wax paper.
  • Permanent marker.
  • Eye dropper (We found ours at Micheals, but you could also use an old Children’s Tylenol bottle dropper.)
  • Small bowl.
  • Liquid water color or food coloring.
  • A piece of blank paper.
  • Smock (Optional.)
  • Jelly roll pan (Optional, but good for containing spills.)


  • Fill the small bowl with water and add a few drops of food coloring or liquid water color.
  • Tear off a rectangle of wax paper and use the sharpie to draw several small circles (about the size of a pencil eraser) on it.

  • Place the blank paper in the jelly roll pan and lay the wax paper on top of it.   (The white paper helps make the drops of water more visible.)

  • Present the materials to your tot and demonstrate how to squeeze the bulb of the eye dropper to suck up the colored water.
  • Show your tot how to gently squeeze the dropper to put one drop of water in each circle on the wax paper.
  • Let your tot try.

  • After all of the circles have been filled with water, invite your tot to use the dropper to suck the drops back up one at a time and transfer the water back into the bowl.

Observations: Sweet Pea adored this activity and had a much easier time using the dropper than before.  She eagerly filled in every circle and then sucked all of the drops back up.

This activity was easy to set up and kept Sweet Pea completely engaged.  I know that younger tots wouldn’t be able to manipulate the eye dropper, but it is highly recommended for older tots.

Notes from the Trenches: This activity has the potential to be very messy, but I think the jelly roll pan helped keep things under control.

Rating: 4 Stars * (Fun, Easy, Independent, Frugal)

Carnivals: This post is linked at One Hook Wonder’s weekly Montessori Monday and Mommy Moment’s  Montessori Moment.  Visit these site for some other other great Montessori ideas.


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