Pencil Sharpening

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Pencil Sharpening
Practical Life - Care of the Environment
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Level Primary
Age 3 - 6
Prerequisites Handling Sharp Objects
Nuts and Bolts
Materials pencil sharpener
bowl for shavings
dull pencil from room

This activity teaches the child how to sharpen pencils.


  1. Carry the tray to a mat or table.
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  2. Have the child go to where pencils are kept and find one that needs sharpening. Remind her to carry the pencil carefully as was shown in Handling Sharp Objects.
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  3. next step
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Points of Interest

  • observing the difference between the sharp and dull pencils

Control of Error

Variations and Extensions

  • A small dusting brush can also be included with the work to help sweep the shavings from the bowl into the trash.