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Snapping Frame

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Material

12” x 12” wooden frame with two cotton flaps attached along opposite sides of frame. The two flaps form a snapping area down the center of the frame. One flap has 5 snap balls and the other has 5 corresponding snap sockets.

Presentation

  1. Invite the child to the lesson.
  2. Explain that the child will learn how to use the snapping frame.
  3. Ask the child to watch.
  4. Starting with the top snap, place two fingers from your subdominant hand on the fabric to hold it down.
  5. With your dominant hand, lift the fabric on the right side, and pull up, separating the ball from the socket.
  6. Slowly, do this to every snap going down the fabric.
  7. Open the flaps to the side, revealing the table.
  8. Close the flaps.
  9. Align the top socket with the ball.
  10. Place two fingers of your dominant hand on the socket.
  11. Place two fingers from your subdominant hand on top of the dominant fingers.
  12. Press down on the socket using the four fingers.
  13. Once you hear the snapping noise, remove your fingers.
  14. Repeat this process for every ball-and-socket.
  15. Ask the child to perform the exercise.

Exercise

Same as presentation.

Points of Interest

Ball into socket, hearing snap come together 

Purpose

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

Age

3 to 4

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