Tuesday, 3 May 2016

Flour sifting practical life activity for kids

As we have been working through the Letter of the Week Series, Y has been showing a huge interest in learning to write. I love fueling his interests and creating opportunities for him to work on developing those skills. A fun, but simple way we worked on preparing his pencil grasp and strengthening hand muscles was using this flour sifting work! 


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Here's what we did!


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      What to focus on when presenting 


      I hid several gold (any brightly coloured beads would work) in a bucket of flour. The idea with this work is for the child to use the strainer to find the beads in the flour. 

      When Y chose this tray, I asked him to sit at his table. Then, I demonstrated how to use the strainer and find the beads. This took only a few seconds and then he eagerly began working himself. 


      What if the activity goes differently than planned? 


      The short answer? Don't worry, just observe! My son didn't really love the idea of flour sifting, but he most definitely enjoyed feeling the flour, spooning the flour, and searching for the beads in the flour. All in all, it was still a wonderful practical life and sensory activity. 

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      What is the purpose? 


      Practical life works such as this one are a wonderful way to strengthen the muscles in your child's hands. That is one of the many reasons these types of works are a very important precursor to writing. 

      At the moment, we are working very hard on our Letter of the Week Series and my son has developed a very strong interest in learning to write! Aside from giving him as many opportunities as possible to practice writing itself, we have also been spending a lot of time on practical life works specifically to help develop proper pencil grasp in order to make writing easier. 

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      And because it's fun! Fun with a purpose, but fun nonetheless! Y loves these types of works, even if he does do them differently than what I had thought, they are usually still very successful!

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