Using a Safety Pin

Material Description: A pin cushion, kept near the needlework activities on a separate tray with a selection of safely pins of different sizes and shape and a nappy pin (a safety pin with an additional guard. Presentation: To close Hold the bottom of the safely pin with the left hand as before Place the thumb’s

Cleaning Shoes

Material Description: A pair of child’s shoes.  In a basket or tray have a brush to remove dirt, a flannel 20cm2, marked with a shoe motif on one corner.  Have a piece of paper to cover the floor and an oil cloth.  Have multiple sets for groups of children who arrive together, each set should

Unfastening and Fastening large buttons

Material Description: The left flap overlaps the right one, the buttons are stitched on the right side, with long stems which will allow he button to be turned to a vertical position without pulling n the thread.  On the left hand flap button holes, horizontal slits, are slightly wider than the diameter of the button. 

Unfastening and Fastening of hooks and eyes

Material Description: The right flap overlaps the left one.  On the upper surface of the left flap metal eyes have been attached, stitched through their eyelets.  The hooks are fixed so that when the they are in the eyes there is a slight pull.  Have five to six sets of hooks and eye per frame.

Unfastening and fastening of laces

Material Description: The frame has two flaps nearly meeting and facing each other.  They should be made of leather or cloth with leather facing.  Both flaps have a series of holes with metal eyes.  The laces should be cylindrical, not flat, half the laces should be of a different colour, with the other and have

Pouring water into two jugs

Material Description: Have a plastic tray or one which has a base covered in an oil cloth.  On the tray there will be two jugs kept at different sides.  Both jugs should be made of the same material.  In the Children’s House have three or four sets in different materials (e.g. brass, china, steel, glass,

Pouring grains using three glasses

Material Description: Have a plastic tray or one which has a base covered in an oil cloth.  On the tray there will be three to five glasses, cups or mugs and a jug kept at the right base corner.  The glasses are arranged diagonally from the left-base corner to the top-right corner, to give the

Washing Cloths

Material Description: An apron, a large oil cloth, a working mat, a bucket, jug, cloths to wash in a laundry basket, washing powder in a container with a measuring spoon, two basins the same size for washing and rinsing, a small bowl to place the damp cloths, a drying cloth and a cloths line or

Why Elementary Movements?

An Introduction to Elementary Movements Receiving your children The infant arrives in the Children’s Home having already seen the Elementary Movements performed countless times at home by her family, but performed inconsistently, hurriedly and whilst many other activities are happening.  The performance of Elementary Movements by the Directress gives the opportunity for the infant to

Introducing Grace and Courtesy Activities

Grace can be defined as harmony between body and mind, for a young child, grace is the ability to complete a series of simple gestures and movements with dignity. Courtesy is harmony between an individual and their society, this can be expressed in situations without any direct social interaction as consideration and independence, e.g. refraining

Activities for offering items to others

Offerings Introduction: Offering objects to people is done in daily life, we can offer visitors refreshments, a chair, objects in our surroundings.  The activities of offering help the child to confidently welcome visitors, making a successful adaptation to her society, rather than becoming anxious when new people are present, this helps inculcate social values of

Ten more activities for Grace and Courtesy

Blowing ones nose Introducing oneself, friends and an adult Opening a door for another Knocking before entering Offering help to a friend Giving comfort to a friend Offering a chair to a visitor Ordering food in a restaurant Serving a guest at a Dining Table Passing a platter of food and choosing one item Giving

Art

Have a shelf to set up art activities for free expression, the outcome is up to the child, the process helps with the acquisition of practical skills, co-ordination and sensorial refinement. Crayons Material Description: Plastic mat, newspaper the size of a chowki and three containers for red, blue and yellow crayons, at first give thick

Cleaning the floor using a cloth

Material Description: Have a light child sized bucket made of plastic or metal and a child sized heavy duty floor cloth, 28 cm2 with a colour coded tag to match the broom and dustpan and brush set. Display it by suspending it to the left hand side of.  Cloths used for other purposes (e.g. dusting,

Sweeping the Floor

Material Description: The Children’s House should have three or four sets consisting of a broom, a dustpan and brush and a floor cloth, hung at an appropriate height for children.  Each set should be colour coded, with the same coloured handles and hooks. The broom should be similar to ones used locally, with a size

Using a sponge to clean a tray

Material Description: A tray with dust, a small sponge and a small bucket, made of plastic or metal and cleaning fluid in a bottle with a dropper lid. Presentation: With the child examine a tray or other area for dust, decide to clean it Ask the child to get a small sponge and to half

Scrubbing a Table

Material Description: A working mat, oil cloth, large plastic mat, a child size bucket, jug and basin, three soap-dishes containing a small sponge, scrubbing brush and piece of soap respectively, two aprons (one of which should be child size).  These materials should be colour coded and will ideally kept out on a table with the

Pouring water into three glasses

Material Description: Have a plastic tray or one which has a base covered in an oil cloth.  On the tray there will be three to five glasses, cups or mugs and a jug kept at the right base corner.  The glasses are arranged diagonally from the left-base corner to the top-right corner, to give the

Pouring grains using two jugs

Material Description: Have a plastic tray or one which has a base covered in an oil cloth.  On the tray there will be two jugs kept at different sides.  Both jugs should be made of the same material.  In the Children’s House have three or four sets in different materials (e.g. brass, china, steel, glass,

Polishing Brass

Material Description: A basket or tray covered with an oil cloth containing a small bowl or box with two pieces of cotton wool, a small tin of Brasso (filled only one-quarter full), a stick, a buffer cloth, two aprons (one child size) and an oil cloth.  Put on the aprons on, have a chowki and

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