Building daily living skills in preschool

There are lots of opportunities for young children to build daily living skills. When my little friend Tristan came over today, I thought we could do some art activities in my studio but he wanted to help me with some cleaning and arranging instead. As we started working together, I realized that this was an opportunity to explore daily living skills so we went with it…

Daily living skills can include just about any thing from folding a towel to washing hands to pouring a cup of milk….

Daily living skills can start early. When I am writing lesson plans for toddlers, I always include a section on daily living skills. Toddlers love to sweep floors and wipe tables which are skills that lead to additional developmental growth in areas such as fine motor control, cooperation, and large motor control…


But daily living skills don’t have to be written on a plan. Tristan’s interest in helping me organize my studio happened naturally and took precidence over my plan to make a turtle with him. Investing time in a task like folding a towel was probably far more rewarding for Tristan that making that turtle…

Tristan helped me for well over an hour and not once did he ask to do something different. He seemed completely happy just helping me…

And after everything was pretty much picked up and organized for the day, Tristan wandered over to do a little writing on the chalk board…

By |2017-03-29T11:38:11+00:00April 28th, 2011|

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Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. has been working and teaching in the field of early childhood education for over 30 years. Deborah currently owns and teaches in her own part-time, private preschool called The Children’s Studio. Deborah’s deep passion for teaching and working with young children is documented and then graciously shared with millions of readers around the world through her blog and other social networking communities. Deborah believes that young children learn best through play and exploration and embraces this belief in all that she does in her own classroom so that she can effectively and passionately share rewarding, real- life, tried-and-true practices with other teachers, parents, and leaders across the field of early childhood education.


  1. Jillian April 28, 2011 at 10:07 am - Reply

    I love it! Little M has been able to fold better than me since she was 2. Sometimes I’ll find stacks of folded fabric in her room.

    • Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. April 28, 2011 at 9:26 pm - Reply

      Now that is a child that likes to fold! LOL – I love it!

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