This practical life lesson is designed for 3-6-year-old children. It guides us on how to teach our children the art of sweeping the floor.
Each practical life lesson demonstrates the materials and actions needed for the child to develop an independent function. Sweeping the floor is one of the practical life activities that help children learn the importance of cleanliness and taking care of household chores.
Benefits of the sweeping activity
- It keeps children away from being exposed to unsightly and unhygienic dust and debris.
- It helps to develop a sense of order and coordination.
- It strengthens the finger muscles and increases concentration.
- It encourages independence and teaches self-care.
Materials required for the sweeping the floor activity
- Small-sized broom
- Bucket/dustbin to collect waste
- Waste (Loose material to sweep such as confetti or sawdust)
- Removable tape to create area marking as shown in the video.
How to introduce sweeping to the child?
- As shown in the video, tape the area and add waste (confetti or any loose material) inside it. Tell the child “Today! we’re going to sweep the floor.”
- Hold the child-sized broom and show them to gather the waste. Ask them to watch while sweeping.
- Show them how to collect the waste in the dustpan using the broom.
- Create child interest by asking questions like “Did I miss any dust?” or “Is the area clean?”
- Show them to throw the collected waste into the bucket/dustbin.
- Invite the child to repeat the activity. You can also ask the child to sweep a small portion of their room.
Watch the video to know more about how to sweep a floor. It instills a sense of confidence and independence in children.
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Video Created by: Strykun Olena
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