This practical life lesson is designed for 1 to 3-year-old children to teach them how to roll a rug or mat and do their daily chores. Rolling and unrolling the rug is one of the preliminary activities children learn in the class. It helps to define a child’s work area and learn through activities.
Benefits of Rug Rolling activity
- It helps in strengthening the finger muscles and coordination.
- It enables the child to perform their tasks independently and lend a hand in the daily household chores.
- It helps in increasing concentration.
- It also helps to develop order and hand-eye coordination.
- It teaches interdependence and cohesion to the child
- It helps in strengthening fine motor and gross motor skills
How to introduce rolling a rug activity to the child?
- Invite the child and tell them, today we are going to learn how to roll a rug
- Insert the fingers under the rug to roll.
- Lift the rug upward and make the first fold.
- Make sure that the fingers are between the open edge and the rolled part of the mat.
- Start rolling the rug with the fingers, then palms of both hands towards the edge
- See that the first fold is neither too tight nor too loose.
- Stop a few times to check that the edges of the rug are even.
- Continue to roll the mat till the entire rug is rolled.
Repeat this activity as shown in the video. Ask your child to roll a small rug and instill in them a sense of confidence and independence.
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Video Created by: Hillary Dahl
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