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Why Practical Life Activities are Not "Just"

The reason practical life activities are important is that they help your child develop order, concentration, coordination and independence.

It's not "just" getting dressed, "just" juicing an orange or "just" cleaning the floor.

The child is learning to follow a complex motor sequence, independently, in order to fulfil their own desires and needs. These skills, when taught early in life, allow children to believe in themselves as well as they develop the self-discipline needed for success throughout their lives.⁠

Every exercise of practical life must have a purpose.

The purpose must be understood by the child or the exercises become boring. 

For example, before a child can help bake cookies, they should really know how to sift the flour, crack and whisk eggs.

These skills are learned and practised separately, but the child must know the purpose of the exercise they practice. 

You can help by literally spelling it out to them. 

You'll find toddler-sized tools perfect for helping you in our Practical Life Play Kits.

You've got everything from Baking and Cooking Together,in our The Apprentice Play Kit through to The Helper | child-size tools to help build independence. 

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