To Do: Practice the “Up and Over” method to help your child independently put a coat on.
Time: 15 minutes
Materials: A coat or jacket
Dressing and undressing is a common source of frustration for the small child. Zippers, snaps, and layers all require fine motor skills and patience. But, as a parent, there are several way you can make this process easier.
We suggest trying the Up and Over Method to help your child get a coat on independently. Here’s how to do it:
Step 1: Lay your child’s coat on the floor or in your lap, tag side towards your child.
Step 2: Your child stands in front of the tag and puts both arms in the sleeves (coat remaining on the floor or lap)
Step 3: Alley-oop! While keeping arms in the sleeves, ask your child to swing the coat UP and OVER their head, easily sliding the coat into place.
A lot of schools know this trick, does your school or care setting use it?
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