Why Have Children Grate Soap?
This is a fun and engaging Practical Life work for the child because, believe it or not, is a great fine motor skills activity that helps with pre-writing! This soap-grating activity is great for developing independence in children ages 3-6, but I have presented this work to children as young as 2 1/2 years old. This work will strengthen their hand muscles and their eye-hand coordination.
Materials Needed to Grate Soap
A Snippet of the Work in Action
How to Grate Soap
Make sure your child knows how the grater works. The sharp edges are at the bottom of the openings, so the motions for successful grating needs to be top to bottom (for vertical grips) or from near to far (for horizontal grips).
The grater needs to be gripped firmly at all times with the non-dominant hand. The soap is to be held with the dominant hand. If the dominant hand hasn’t been established, let the child try both ways to see which one is the most comfortable for her.
The grater openings are sharp, so the child needs to know that they need to keep their hands, knuckles and fingers away from the openings and only the soap come in contact with the grater. Present to the child how to grate a few times and then let the child do it on her own.
What Can We Do with Grated Soap?
Here are some wonderful materials that we love for your convenience.
Montessori Practical Life Activities & Printables Bundle
This bundle includes these printable sets:
- Community Members 3-Part Cards
- Peace Words for Kids Cards
- Peace list to promote peace in the home and community
- Fine Motor Skills Clothing Clothesline
- Practical Life Dressing Frames 3-Part Cards
- Practical Life Dressing Frames Handwriting and Activities
- Sewing on a Button Instructions Card
- Toddler and Preschool Hygiene Chores 3-Part Cards
- Toddler and Preschool Hygiene Chore Chart and Activity
- Peace Table Lesson (for conflict resolution)