Folding of small table mats along embroidered lines
- Table mats with embroidered lines.
This is an individual presentation.
- Directress shows the child how to fold a mat.
- Directress takes out the first. mat and place it in front of the child.
- She unfolds it from top to bottom.
- Directress traces along the dotted line with the index finger and folds it back along the lines in this sequence, from bottom to top.
- Make sure the edges meet exactly.
- Smoothen the mats by pressing along the folded lines from middle to outwards.
- Directress then invites the child to repeat the exercise.
- Directress may demonstrate on other mats if the child wishes to continue, one at a time.
Control Of Error
The table mats have lines to give guidance.
Points Of Interest
The sequence of unfolding is: from left to right and then top to bottom.
The sequence of folding is: from bottom to top and then right to left.
- To teach the child how to fold a square, triangle.
- To give the mathematical experience of discerning a half and a quarter.
- To prepare the child for working alone with later materials.
- To develop the child's fine motor control.
- To develop the child's concentration.
- To develop the child's independence.
- To prepare the child's skill for later project work.
May use paper to fold for craft work (origami fold).