This summer we are working on adding practical life skills and chores into our daily routines. One way my son helps out around the house is by folding towels. I taught him how to fold towels using this simple Montessori towel folding activity.
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Montessori Inspired Towel Folding Activity
- Small face towels
- Flat surface
- Basket (optional)
Learning to fold towels is an important practical life task. Not only will it help children learn to take care of themselves as they get older, but it will also help parents do household chores. Children as young as two or three years old can learn to help fold towels and clothes. Plus they will love practicing with this simple Montessori-inspired practical life activity. It is so simple to set up and you already have what you need so there is no additional cost! Just follow these simple instructions:
- Gather several face towels in a small basket.
- Invite child to the table, floor or other flat surface and show how to fold a small face towel.
- Make sure to verbalize step by step instructions as you show. For example you could say: “Smooth the towel out flat, then fold it in half, and fold it in half again. Then stack it neatly in a pile.”
- Allow child as much time as they want to practice folding the face towels and offer encouragement when needed. Remember the main Montessori principle: Follow the lead of the child.
I started teaching my son how to fold towels around the age of four. He started learning with small face towels. Later when he is ready he will progress to larger hand towels and bath towels. Each time he is ready to moved up to a larger sized towel, I will make sure to show and verbalize the instructions.
Like this fine motor activity? There’s more just like it in our two fine motor books! Click the image below for more information!
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