If you have been watching our Live Facebook Q&A Broadcasts with Jo and Lisa our Early Years Experts you will know how brilliant they are!
This weeks live broadcast was our second week discussing the massive topic of Independence!
This week we focussed on some more skills to help your child move towards independence. We discussed:
- How to teach your child about Nose hygiene 🤧
- How to teach your child about Hand washing 👍🏻
- How to teach your child about Using the toilet 💩
- How to teach your child about Using a knife and fork 🍴
We discussed all of these topics in lots of detail during the broadcast but to summarise:
Try and encourage your child to use tissues to blow their own nose, tempting though it is to grab a tissue yourself and do a quick grab of the nose and wipe! Remind them to only use a tissue once and to throw in the bin immediately when finished (and wash hands afterwards). Nose hygiene is normally encouraged at Primary School but with the current Corona Virus many more children will be aware of this now.
As above, many young childre have already been taught about the importance of washing their hands because of the Corona outbreak. Enourage washing of hands after blowing their nose, before eating and after using the toilet.
If you are worried that your child will not be toilet ready by September you are not alone! Jo and Lisa reminded us that Reception Class Teachers are used to children having accidents at school and so not expect every child starting school to be 100% perfect in wiping bottoms!
Check out the FREE Toilet Sequencing Game here.
To encourage children to use a knife and fork you could get them to make food shapes out of play doh and then cut them with a toy or a real knife (under supervsion). The fruit kebab activity is great for teaching kids how to use knives without the pressure of a dinner or lunch environment. The fruit kebab activity also helps to expose fussy eaters to fruits that they may not like or have tasted before, helps with fine motor skills and pre number sequencing and patterns!
At breakfast time why not let your child have a go at buttering the toast...this is all great practice to learn how to use a knife and fork.
We have loads more FREE resources (games and activities) here to help you to help your child learn to get dressed independently.
You can watch the full broadcast here ⬇️
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