Hand Transfer

Whole hand transfer is a great way for children aged 18 months – 3 years to develop their fine motor skills and coordination. This is a fantastic activity that you can create at home using found objects such as a muffin tin and plastic balls from a ball pit. You could also use two metal bowls and toy cars. The possibilities in your kitchen cupboards and around your home are endless! Remember to present from left to right to prepare your child for writing and reading.

Home Lesson One

  1. Locate two containers, such as a muffin tray and a container, or two bowls
  2. Locate a set of objects for transferring such as plastic balls, toy cars, or other objects that are not a choking hazard
  3. Place the objects you are going to transfer into one container on your left
  4. Show your child how to transfer one object at a time into the second container, using your whole hand, in a left to right movement
  5. Invite your child to take a turn
  6. Return the objects to their original container

Curriculum Area

Practical Life

Age Group

18 months onwards


  • Develop fine motor skills
  • Develop hand-eye coordination
  • Prepare children for more complex transfer activities

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