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Montessori Practical Life Ideas – Dressing Frames & Folding {Printables}


My children love helping me out at home. Granted, many times, especially when they are younger, it takes me longer to get everything done, but, after all, we are teaching our children to “fish,” and not handing them a fish for ease’s sake.

This is part of our practical life and a big part of their development of independence. In this post, I will share some Montessori Practical Life ideas when it comes to dressing oneself and folding clothes (top and bottoms) as well as folding towels.

Montessori Practical Life Ideas - Dressing Frames & Folding {Printables}

Montessori at home Practical Life Ideas – Dressing Frames

Both my children have found our Montessori Dressing Frames fascinating and worked hard at them off and on for several years until they were successful and mastered the skill. In our set, we have buckles, buttons, hook and eye, velcro, zipper, laces (or ribbon) and snaps.

Montessori Practical Life Ideas - Dressing Frames & Folding {Printables}

I have made a printable set for you to do with your child about the dressing frames. It includes a record chart so you can keep track of when your child is practicing these seven fine motor skills and how they are doing. There is also a set of 3-part cards that you print twice and cut according to the instructions in the printable as well as some matching activities and the tracing and writing of the words.

Montessori Practical Life Ideas – How to Fold Clothes

After going through the printable set and through the dressing frames, we moved on to folding clothes. Yay! I love getting help when it comes to laundry. My children have been putting their own laundry away for a while now, but since my youngest (4-year old) learned to fold clothes a couple of months ago, she has been helping me with her brother to fold their own clothes.

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Take a look at this easy way to fold tops in one, two, three easy steps. You only need a small display board, a pair of good scissors and a permanent marker.

This is how we use the same board to fold bottoms in two quick steps. This is so easy for children! There are no more reasons to not include your little ones in this necessary practical life skill! Grab this awesome free book on Montessori Practical Life!

Montessori Practical Life Ideas – Folding a Towel

My children and I have been practicing folding towels for a while now, but the large towels are the trickiest, so I wanted to have them fold those purposely, so they can achieve mastery of this skill with four easy steps.

Step 1: Stretch the town out on a rug, the carpet, a table or a bed.

Step 2: Take the two sides on one narrow end of the towel and match up the sides with the corners on the opposite side of the towel.

Step 3: Take the narrow folded side of the towel and match the corners with the opposite corners of the towel. Now, the folded towel will look long and narrow.

Step 4: Take the corners of the narrow side and fold to match the corners on the opposite end of the towel. The towel will now look like a smaller rectangle. You are done!

Montessori Practical Life Ideas - Dressing Frames & Folding {Printables}

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Free Homeschool Printables

Like I said, we have practiced this a lot. Here is an older post: Montessori Practical Life: How to Fold Towels. We are excited for you to get started and to enjoy our printable set! Get it below!

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  1. Love the dressing frames. I can’t wait for my kiddos to learn how to fold laundry. It’s definitely something I’ll be teaching very soon.

  2. Oh my! I didn’t know it was that easy to make a folding board. My kids will love it! They are both VERY eager to help me with laundry folding. I think this will help my OCD a bit. 🙂

  3. What a wonderful post! The videos are so helpful, I’m looking forward to teaching my daughter (in a year or so) how to fold clothes! I LOVE your folding board by the way, I never thought it was possible to make my own.

  4. We love dressing frames at our house too! Thank you so much for stopping by the Learn & Play Link Up! This post is featured on Christian Montessori Network this week.


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