Practical Life



To teach children the skill of tying, we begin with the bow frame.  We break it down into many steps and it can take a while (!) to learn.  Tying can be tricky but with the bow frame, the children can see what ribbon goes where.  Several children are quite interested in this skill and we now have one child who can tie!  She is quite proud of herself and now other children ask her to tie their aprons for food prep or polishing work.


This little shoe was purchased using points from the Scholastic Book Orders.  Once the children have worked with the bow frame, they can tie using this pretend shoe.  The next step is to tie real shoes!  This is quite an accomplishment! The children feel very independent and proud!

Sewing buttons on burlap


This past week we introduced sewing buttons on burlap.


This child enjoys sewing and always picks the sewing works on the shelves.  Here she sews on many buttons and decided to make a “book” (as we do with many science or language work).  After deciding that stapling the side might not work, she sewed one side of the burlap together to make her button sewing work!

Pennies in a Bank


Children develop their fine motor skills in many ways!  Here we offered a work on our practical life shelves that is fun and functional!  The child takes the basket to a table and places the pennies into the slot on top of the piggy bank.  This repeated motor action develops muscle memory and helps with hand-eye coordination.  When all of the pennies are gone, they turn over the bank, pull out the cork, empty the pennies and repeat if desired.

Necklace making with names!


As necklace making has become quite popular (a great fine motor stringing activity), we decided to add names to the work.  Here the child take the basket with everyone’s names written on paper to the table.  They take the necklace making work to a table and the match up the beads with their name paper.  String on and add other colorful beads if desired.  They were very excited about this work and proud of their names!

Brass Polishing- something from home


This child has experienced the multiple step brass polishing work at school since September.  She asked if she could bring something from home to polish!  YES!!  It is amazing when it all comes together!!

Sunflower Seed Harvesting


Sunflower seed picking was a fun activity this week. Again, the children developed concentration, fine motor skills and coordination. When their little bowl was filled, they were able to ask a teacher to accompany them outside to give the seeds to the squirrels and fill up the bird feeder. (These sunflower heads can be bought at the main farmers market for $4.00 each.)


Hole Punching


Another fine motor activity the children enjoyed was punching holes in paper.  They take a tray to the table and punch out little circles.  When they are finished punching the holes, they empty them into an envelope or into the recycling bin.  This was a fun activity that seemed to give a means to the development of concentration in many of the children.

Bead Stringing


This week the children were introduced to necklace making. This is an extension of the large bead stringing that has been on our practical life shelf. The children can really improve their fine motor skills and hand to eye coordination with this activity. The best part is being able to wear the necklace and to take it home!


Pumpkin Muffins




Last week we dissected a pumpkin in class to learn about the different parts. We then baked the pumpkin and the children took turns scooping out the inside. To demonstrate what to do with pumpkin we decided to make pumpkin muffins. The children all had a chance to help with mixing up the muffins, putting them in the tins and of course, eating them!

Pumpkin Hammering


Tis the season for pumpkins! After we had a few days of washing the pumpkin, we decided to hammer nails into it! This is very fun for the children to do and is a great practical life activity. The child takes the pumpkin off the shelf and then carries a tray with a wooden hammer and a tin of nails to the table. They line up the nail and hammer away!