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Practical Life - Care of the Environment
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Age3 - 4
PrerequisitesCarrying a Tray
Materials4 square cloths with lines sew or drawn on

This activity teaches the child how to fold cloths.


  1. Take the tray to a mat or table. Place the tray in the upper right corner.
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  2. Lay out the four cloths across the bottom of the work-space in the order shown.
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  3. Trace the line in the first cloth from left to right with the first two fingers of the dominant hand.
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  4. Hold each of the top two corners of the cloth and bring them down to match up with the bottom two corners.
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  5. Smooth the crease.
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  6. Trace the line of the second cloth from the upper left corner to the lower right.
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Points of Interest

To put the corners exactly together

Control of Error

The line sewed on the fabric. The fold should be on this line.

Variations and Extensions

  • folding clothing


This material consists of four (sometimes more) cloths that are about 10 inches square. Each of the cloths has lines sewn across with thread of a contrasting color.

Make Your Own

Cut out four squares of fabric measuring around 10 inches on each side. Serge or hem the edges (if hemming, make the squares a little bigger to start). Use a contrasting color of thread to sew lines across the fabrics as shown:
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Where to Buy

Prices and links last checked: 29 June 2020

Adena $26.93 (8 cloths)
Affordable Montessori $29.00
Alison's $15.00 (blue)
Alison's $22.80 (white)
E & O $39.00
Leader Joy $27.95
Kid Advance $24.99 (5 cloths)
Montessori N' Such $31.00 (7 clothes, one with no lines)
Montessori Services $12.00 (no tray)
Montessori Services $35.75 (includes tray)

Further Reading