I found this activity in the book I mentioned in my last homeschool post. I figured it would be a really good way to get both kids playing and learning together. According to my book, this activity is suitable for ages 2.5-5.
I changed it a bit to make it suitable for Naomie at 18months. I didn't want her to be left out while Leyla got to have a fun time. The book uses rice but I used dried goji berries since I had them in.
I got two measuring cups and two plastic bowls. I put one bowl and one measuring cup on a tray each then added a small handful of goji berries to the measuring cups. (Ignore the Christmas tray, all my other ones are being used :P) I took this in to the kids and showed them how to pour the berries from the cup to the bowl, and then back again. Then I left them to play and sat back and watched.
Leyla played for about 5 minutes but got bored pretty quickly and started eating the goji berries instead lol.
Naomie sat for a while longer but couldn't really get the hang of pouring. She smeared them all over her tray then picked them all back up and put them back into the cup and the bowl haha. After I showed her again, I could see that she knew what she was trying to do. She was trying to pour them from one to the other but she just couldn't manage it. They all ended up on her tray every time. She didn't give up for ages though!
All in all, I'd say this was definitely more of a success with Naomie than it was with Leyla. I might try next time to have Leyla pour something a bit harder like water. I might try that one outside haha!