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Bow Frame

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Material

A 12” x 12” wooden frame with two cotton flaps attached along opposite sides of frame.The two flaps form a tying area down the center of the frame. One flap has 5 red ribbons and the other has 5 corresponding white ribbons.  

Presentation

  1. Invite the child to the lesson.
  2. Explain that the child will learn how to use the bow frame. Ask the child to watch.
  3. With each hand, hold a long ribbon piece with a pincer grip.
  4. Slowly pull outwards.
  5. Lay the ribbons down horizontally.
  6. The right ribbon should be protruding over the left side of the frame.
  7. The left ribbon should be protruding over the right side of the frame.
  8. Repeat each step for each bow.
  9. Place your subdominant hand on the left side of the frame.
  10. Place your dominant index finger in between the knot, pause.
  11. Slowly jiggle your dominant index finger in between the knot to loosen it.
  12. Pull upwards with your dominant finger until the knot is completely untied.
  13. Set the ribbon pieces down horizontally to the sides.
  14. The left ribbon should be protruding over the left side of the frame.
  15. The right ribbon should be protruding over the right side of the frame.
  16. With your dominant hand on the left ribbon, and your subdominant hand over your right arm on the right ribbon, cross the ribbons.
  17. Hold the cross-section of the ribbons with a dominant pincer grip.
  18. Tuck the right ribbon underneath the new loop of the left ribbon.
  19. Pull the right ribbon all the way through with a sub dominant pincer grip.
  20. Make a loop out of the right-attached ribbon.
  21. Hold the loop with a subdominant pincer grip.
  22. Take the left-attached ribbon and wrap it around the right-attached ribbon, forming a loop.
  23. Now push the left-attached ribbon through the loop, forming another new loop.
  24. Pull tight
  25. Ask the child to do it.

Exercise

Same as presentation.

Points of Interest

When untying, you may need to gently hold the knot in place, jiggle finger between the ribbons to loosen the knot.  

Purpose

To learn to tie a bow, to take care of oneself, independence, perseverance, concentration, eye hand coordination, refinement of movement.

Age

4 1/2 to 5

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