Dusting Objects

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Practical Life - Care of the Environment
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Age3 - 4
Materialscotton cloth
soft-bristled brush
object to dust
dark colored tray

This activity teaches the child how to dust objects.


The material should be laid out on the shelf as shown. A stack of folded dusting cloths should be next to the tray, with one already on the tray with the brush.

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  1. Carry the tray to a mat or table. Then find an object from the room that needs dusting and bring it to the workspace.
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  2. Use the brush to dust the object. Be careful that the dust falls on the tray.
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  3. Fold the dusting cloth over the index and middle fingers of the dominant hand as shown.
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  4. Use the cloth to dust the object.
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  5. Use the brush to sweep the dust from the tray into the trashcan.
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  6. Clean-up: Return the object that was dusted to its place. Put the dusting cloth in the laundry. Place the tray with the brush back on the shelf. Take a clean dusting cloth from the stack and put it on the tray for the next person.

Points of Interest

  • seeing the dust on the rag and on the tray
  • seeing the object become cleaner

Control of Error

The dark colored tray makes it easier for the child to see the dust.

Variations and Extensions