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1ml Syringe

Using syringes strengthens the children’s fine motor muscles, which also develop the correct pincer grip required for holding pencils.  There are many different activities to encourage the Child to develop their fine motor muscle control.


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SKU: CE5003

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One of the simplest methods to strengthen the Child’s fine motor muscles, is to introduce this 1 ml syringe to them.  The Child must use greater manipulation with the larger syringes. The stronger suction pressure; exerted by big syringes; makes it more difficult to draw back the plunger, and to depress it.  However, these smaller syringes require more fine motor dexterity.

Features of the 1 ml Syringe

  • the direct objective is to-
    • pull the plunger out while the syringe is under water, draw water up into the syringe, and then depress the plunger to release it
  • indirectly, the Child-
    • strengthens their hands while developing control, and coordination
    • improve their finger grip; known as the ‘pincer grip’, which is a pre-writing exercise
    • develops good bilateral coordination
  • this activity provides good support material for the Montessori practical life curriculum

Activities related to the use of the Syringe

  • transferring liquid from one container into another
    • can use food colouring to make this activity more interesting
  • water plants by transferring water from a jug into a vase with a narrow neck
  • transfer a predetermined amount of water; using the measurements on the side of the syringe as a guide; into a small container, such as a bowl or a tray that hold ice-cubes.  This is a more advanced activity.

Size of the 1 ml Syringe

  • length – with the plunger depressed – 11 cm / (4¼”)
  • circumference – 1 cm / (½”)
  • volume – 1 ml / (0.03″)

Order R1000 worth of items to qualify for free shipping to your door anywhere in South Africa.

Transit times depend on your location:

  • Cape Metro – next day if your order is placed before 13h00
  • Gauteng & Durban – 2 to 3 days
  • Everywhere else – 2 to 4 days depending on your location


Feel free to email us should you require any further information.

We offer free delivery to the USA:

  • USA – free for orders over $400 – 7 days to your door
  • Canada – 7 day shipping is calculated at checkout – subject to additional GST & PST which is billed on arrival
  • UK – 7 day shipping is calculated at checkout – subject to 20% VAT which is billed on arrival
  • EU – 7 day shipping calculated at checkout – subject to EU VAT which is billed on arrival
  • Australia – 9 days – may be subject to 10% GST which is billed on arrival
  • NZ – 9 days – may be subject to 15% GST which is billed on arrival

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Related Products

  • The mini white bowl is the perfect size for the advanced activity of transferring a predetermined volume of liquid.
  • To present the activity to the Child, load the product required; to complete the work; onto a small tray.

Further Reading and Resources

  1. Why handwork is an essential element of cosmic education, written by Montessori
  2. Montessori activity: mixing colours with a syringe, written by the Family


Additional information

Weight 0.010 kg
Dimensions 16 × 3 × 1 cm


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