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Safety Pin Frame

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Material

12” x 12” wooden frame with four cotton half-flaps attached on opposite sides of frame. The flaps overlap to form a pinning area down the center of the frame, for 4 large safety pins. Two half-flaps overlap in the upper section, and two half-flaps in the lower section. 

Presentation

  1. Invite the child to the lesson. 
  2. Explain that the child will learn how to use the safety pin frame. 
  3. Ask the child to watch. 
  4. With the subdominant hand, pull safety pin to the left. 
  5. With the dominant hand, place the thumb on the needle, fingers on the staff. 
  6. With the thumb, push the needle up, over and out. 
  7. With subdominant hand on the folding fabric, and the dominant hand on the end of the safety pin, pull the needle out of the fabric. 
  8. To close the safety pin, hold it with your dominant hand, and use your thumb to push the needle over, inwards, and slowly releasing your thumb once the needle is aligned with the clasp. 
  9. Place the safety pin above the frame. 
  10. Repeat this process for the safety pins below it. 
  11. Open the flaps. 
  12. Repeat this process for the next two safety pins. 
  13. Open the flaps. 
  14. With the table revealed, close the flaps. 
  15. Pick up the safety pin, with the thumb push the needle up, over and out. 
  16. With the subdominant hand on the folding fabric, and holding the opened safety pin in the dominant hand, push the needle into the fabric. 
  17. Pull the pin slightly to the right and point upwards, push through the fabric again. 
  18. Pull the pin to the left, and close the safety pin. 
  19. Repeat until finished. 
  20. Ask the child to perform the exercise. 

Exercise

Same as presentation.

Points of Interest

Pinning without sticking yourself, squeezing of bars together, releasing point from the head, closing pin before setting it down. 

Purpose 

To learn to use safety pins, to take care of oneself, independence, perseverance, concentration, eye hand coordination, refinement of movement  

Age

4 1/2 to 5

Notes

Keep special close watch on material as it’s a little riskier, keep it in storage if no children are ready to use it.

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