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How to Carry a Tray

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Presentation

  1. Invite the child to the lesson. 
  2. Explain that the child will learn how to carry a tray. Ask the child to watch. 
  3. Slowly place your left hand on the left side of the tray and your right hand on the right side of the tray. Keep your hands flat. Pause, look at the child. 
  4. Tuck your fingers into your palms as if you are making a fist. Pause, look at the child. 
  5. Raise your thumbs. Pause, look at the child. 
  6. Place your thumbs on the top of the tray. Pause, look at the child. 
  7. Holding your thumbs in place, and fingers on the side of the tray, raise your hands about two inches above the surface. Pause, look at the child. 
  8. Slowly pivot your fingers inward towards the tray. Pause, look at the child. 
  9. Place your fingers under the tray. Pause, look at the child. 
  10. Slowly lift the tray up. Pause, look at the child. 
  11. Slowly pull the tray inwards about two inches away from the body. Pause, look at the child. 
  12. Holding the tray at an even level, slowly walk to the desired location. 
  13. Slowly move the tray outwards away from the body, hovering the tray over the table. Pause, look at the child. 
  14. Slowly lower the tray to the surface of the table. Pause an inch above the surface. 
  15. Slowly remove your fingers from underneath the tray, onto the very edge of the tray. Pause, look at the child. 
  16. Place tray down completely. 
  17. Life your thumbs off of the tray and place your hands on the sides of the tray.

Exercise

Same as presentation.

Points of Interest

Removing fingers from underneath tray so as to not feel stuck. Carry the tray parallel to the floor, so the items do not fall.     

Purpose

Independence, control of voluntary movement.

Age

2 to 3

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