Practical Life: Carrying a Tray

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CARRYING A TRAY

Material

a table and a tray

Material

a table

a tray

Presentation

1. Begin this lesson by preparing an area in your home where there is a tray on a table.

2. Invite your child by saying, “I am going to give you a lesson on how to carry a tray.”

3. Stand behind the table; in front of the tray.

4. With the right hand, take your thumb and place it on the tray.

5. Wrap the other four fingers around the bottom of the tray.

6. With the left hand, take your thumb and place it on the tray.

7. Wrap the other four fingers around the bottom of the tray.

8. Using both hands, slowly lift the tray to your body’s midline.

9. Slowly walk around the table. Remember to observe with your eyes your surroundings.

10. Return to the original position on the table.

11. Here, stop and slowly lower the tray to the table. Note: when I lower a tray to a table I like to let the right side of the tray reach the table first then the left side.

12. Slowly remove the left hand.

13. Slowly remove the right hand.

14. Say to your child, “I have carried a tray.”

Purpose: Direct

Growth in independence with regard to the performance of the movements necessary for the carrying and placing the tray without damaging himself, others, or the tray.

Purpose: Indirect

Coordination of the child’s movement, development of the muscles, and concentration.

Point of Interests

Listening to see if a sound is made.

Age

2 1⁄2 to 3 1⁄2 years