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Metal Polishing

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Metal polish in a small dropper bottle.
Small dish (ideally made of metal).
Applicator stick and cotton balls.
Flannel buffing cloth, 4″ squared.


  1. Invite the child to the lesson.
  2. Explain that the child will learn how to polish metal.
  3. Put an apron on, along with the child.
  4. Show him the tray and underlay.
  5. Ask him to pick a table.
  6. Ask him to bring the tray.
  7. Bring the underlay.
  8. Ask him to place the tray at the top of the table.
  9. Remove the metal underlay ring, place it on the table.
  10. Slowly unroll the underlay.
  11. Flip the underlay over so it’s right side up.
  12. Tell the child that you now need an object to polish but that you can polish somethings but not others.
  13. Walk around the classroom with the child, looking for metal objects.
  14. Offer the child two or three choices.
  15. Ask the child to bring the object to the table.
  16. Ask the child to watch.
  17. Place the metal polish bottle in the left corner of the underlay.
  18. Next to the bottle place the small metal dish.
  19. To the right of the dish place the cotton ball.
  20. Right of the cotton ball, place the orange stick.
  21. Next to the orange stick, place the buffing cloth.
  22. To the right of the bugging cloth, place the sponge.
  23. Hold the bottle with a subdominant pincer grip.
  24. Slowly open the polish bottle with a dominant pincer grip.
  25. Squeeze two drops of the polish into the bowl.
  26. Close the polish bottle.
  27. Pick up the cotton ball with your dominant hand.
  28. Hold the other side of the cotton ball with your subdominant hand.
  29. Slowly pull apart the cotton ball.
  30. Put the pieces of cotton down on the underlay.
  31. Pick up the orange stick with your subdominant hand.
  32. Carefully wrap a piece of cotton around the orange stick’s tip with your dominant hand.
  33. Rub the cotton tip in the metal polish dish.
  34. Show the child the cotton tip’s appearance with the polish.
  35. Slowly rub the cotton tip over the metal object.
  36. Once the desired areas of the object have had polish applied, set the orange stick down.
  37. Pick up the buffer cloth with your dominant hand.
  38. Unfold the buffer cloth in front of you.
  39. With your dominant hand, place your three innermost fingers facing upward on the cloth.
  40. Fold the left side over your fingers.
  41. Fold the right side over your fingers.
  42. Fold the top over your fingers.
  43. Place your thumb over the fold.
  44. With the buffer cloth, go over the area where you’ve applied the polish.
  45. As you polish the metal object, show the child how the black tarnish is accumulating on the cloth.
  46. Point out that there is now a nice shine.
  47. Ask the child to perform the exercise.
  48. Once he is done, show him how to clean up.
  49. Ask him if he remembers where the object goes.
  50. Ask him to place it back.
  51. Place the polish bottle back in the tray.
  52. Examine the bowl, clean out any remaining polish with cotton.
  53. Place the bowl back in the tray.
  54. Throw the cotton ball away and replace it with a new one in the tray.
  55. Place the orange stick back in the tray.
  56. Place the dirty buffer cloth in the laundry and replace it in the tray.
  57. Clean the underlay with the sponge, starting in the top corner, going from left to right.
  58. Place the sponge in the tray.
  59. Flip the underlay over.
  60. Slowly roll the underlay up.
  61. Place the metal ring around the underlay.
  62. Ask the child to carry back the tray.
  63. Ask the child to place the underlay to the left of the tray.
  64. Take off your aprons.


Same as presentation.

Points of Interest

Finding something made of metal, getting just a little bit of polish, laying the materials in sequence, grim on the applicator cloth.


Care of the environment through polishing metal, give a sense of order through a sequence of materials, independence, awareness of surroundings, motive for activity, coordination.


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Color coding is important so that materials don’t get mixed up with other activities. 
Discuss what is made of metal and what is not.

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