Folding napkins carefully and precisely teaches a child self-control, patience, and concentration. One can’t be in a rush to get the fold just right!
This task also has a practical purpose. Once a child feels comfortable folding napkins, and discovers the type of fold he or she prefers, they are able to contribute to dinner preparation by setting the table for the entire family!
In the video, you’ll see that the napkin doesn’t have lines drawn or stitched on it, but rather the point if interest is the creases made from previous folds. But for children just starting out, consider marking the fold lines similar to this set of pre-made napkins from My Peaceful Classroom.
Rolling napkins and securing with a napkin ring is another great fine motor activity with a practical purpose! Consider purchasing a set of cloth napkins for your home, and let your child take the lead on setting the table.
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