Little ones are fascinated with the sound of the rice or beans, beads or whatever they're dumping into the other container. They also sense a feeling of satisfied accomplishment when they've successfully emptied one container into the next. Change the containers, utensils and material to transfer often, and this will continue to be a favorite activity for years. Always remember to start out with the full container on the left to instill the left to right reading skills for later. Below is a pic. of several different transfer spoons and tongs that we use. We also like chopsticks but they are for the older ones, maybe 4-6 yr olds.