Lesson 4
Practical Life Exercises

Clothes Pegs Pincer Grip Activity 

One of the first things you might notice as you progress in these practices with your child is their increased ability to function independently. Montessori encourages children to be able to do what may seem to adults as very basic tasks, but actions such as pouring their own water, buttoning their clothes, serving and feeding themselves food actually helps children to master complex motor tasks. Allowing a child to practice these tasks without interference is essential for their physical, social and emotional development. These tasks make up a part of Montessori Curriculum known as “Practical Life Exercises”.  
In this lesson, we’ll be going through a typical Practical Life Exercises –  Clothes Pegs Pincer Grip Activity. The items needed for the lessons are basic household items that you should already have at home, otherwise a quick shopping trip should suffice. You will see that this kind of work is very beneficial for development of fine motor skills, as well as helping to develop skills such as concentration, fine and gross motor coordination, self- awareness and control, and builds confidence and independence.    Let’s get started!    

You Will Learn 

To teach your child how to use clothes pegs
To develop your child’s eye-hand coordination
To develop your child’s independence and concentration
To develop your child’s fine motor skills and pincer grip 
To develop your child’s need for order