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How to Teach a Preschooler to Pour a Beverage

Sure it’s faster to pour your child’s drinks yourself, but teach them how, and they’ll have a skill to be proud of – and one that will save you time.


  • Step 1: Fill the pitcher with solids Fill the pitcher with half a cup of uncooked rice or beans so your child learns how to hold and maneuver it. Let them practice emptying the pitcher into the bowl.
  • TIP: It’ll be easier for your child to pour if the bowl is at least at waist level, so have them stand on a stool while they practice.
  • Step 2: Pour liquid Once they can pour dry stuff without any spills, graduate to pouring a liquid. Put about half a cup of water into the pitcher for them to empty into the bowl.
  • TIP: A plastic tablecloth under the bowl will make it easier to wipe up spills.
  • Step 3: Switch to a cup When your child has mastered pouring water into the bowl, let them try to hit a smaller target: their cup. Put a small amount of water in the pitcher and let them fill and refill their cup to their heart’s content.
  • Step 4: Continue to use the pitcher Keep that small pitcher filled with their beverage of choice – it’ll be hard for your child to handle a milk or juice container at first. Let them continue to practice their pouring – until one day they’ll be filling your orange juice glass.
  • FACT: Did you know? In 1951, Swedish scientist Ruben Rausing developed a sealed, cardboard beverage box that did not require refrigeration, revolutionizing the way milk and juice were packaged around the world.

You Will Need

  • A plastic pitcher with a wide mouth
  • A plastic bowl
  • Rice or dried beans
  • A step stool
  • Water
  • Your child's favorite cup
  • Patience
  • A plastic tablecloth (optional)

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