If your preschooler needs help with self-care skills, this is a good time for your child to work on dressing skills. Montessori dressing frames aren’t the most practical solution for home use, though. A better idea would be to create a dressing basket like the one developed by Counting Coconuts.
Mari-Ann of Counting Coconuts found that dressing frames were ignored by her son. I found the same problem when I had a Montessori school and with my own children. Even though I had the lovely Nienhuis Montessori dressing frames and stand (and kept them for my own children to use as preschoolers), dressing frames were always the least popular practical life activity in my school and homeschool. I just don’t think buying or making dressing frames is a practical option for home use.
Mari-Ann found a dressing basket containing articles of clothing to be more popular with her son than dressing frames – and obviously more practical economically. Be sure to check out her post on creating a dressing basket.
For ideas on how to present practical life activities, read How to Help Your Preschooler Help Himself. For instructions on how to present a particular dressing skill, such as tying a bow, you can easily adapt the dressing frame directions from Info Montessori or Montessori World for use with the dressing basket.
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