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NAME OF MONTESSORI ACTIVITY

Tweezing

AREA

Practical Life

AGE

3 – 3.5 Years

MATERIALS

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Soap pad, tweezer, small cotton beads in a container

DIRECT AIM

Tweezing beads from container onto suckers of a soap pad.

INDIRECT AIM

Eye hand co-ordination, develop pincer grip, patience and concentration, dexterity, strengthen fingers

PRESENTATION

  1. Invite the child to begin Work Cycle.
  2. The child places the tray on the mat in front of the adult.
  3. The adult pushes the tray to the top edge of the mat.
  4. Remove the container and place on the left of the mat, the soap pad on the right and the tweezers to the front of the mat.
  5. Grasp tweezers in a pincer grip with thumb on left grip and index finger on the right grip.
  6. Position tweezer over the bowl and tweeze one bead securing by applying gentle pressure on right and left grips.
  7. Move hand over to the first sucker on soap pad and lower tweezer. Place bead on sucker by gently releasing pressure on the grips.
  8. Repeat procedure moving from left to right until the suckers on soap pad have been filled.
  9. To return the beads to the container, tweeze the beads one at a time from each of the suckers into the container working from left to right.
  10. Replace the container on the left of the tray, the soap dish to the right and the tweezers in front.
  11. Bring tray to the centre of the mat.
  12. Invite the child to have a turn.
  13. End the work cycle.

CONTROL OF ERROR

Spilling beads

Picking up (with fingers) spilt beads

EXTENSIONS

Tweezing smaller articles such as rice

VARIATIONS

Tweezing different articles onto different surfaces/containers

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