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Zipper 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 zipping area down the center of the frame.   

Presentation

  1. Invite the child to the lesson.
  2. Explain that the child will learn how to use zipper frame.
  3. Ask the child to watch.
  4. Point at the point tab.
  5. With a subdominant pincer grip, hold the top right corner of the left piece of fabric.
  6. With a dominant pincer grip, dramatically grasp the pull tab. Pause.
  7. Slowly, pull the tab down to the base with the pull tab not covering the base. Pause.
  8. Dramatically pull the tab down, which unzips the whole fabric.
  9. With two hands, fold the right piece of fabric over.
  10. With two hands, fold the left piece of fabric over.
  11. “There’s the table.
  12. In reverse order, fold the pieces of fabric back over.
  13. Show the child the different parts such as the teeth and the pin and the box.
  14. Casually discuss how the different parts work together.
  15. “Now I’m going to zip it back up.”
  16. With a subdominant pincer grip, hold the bottom right corner of the left piece of fabric.
  17. With a dominant pincer grip, slowly grasp the pull tab. Pause.
  18. Align the box and slide with the pin and dramatically insert the pin into the box and slide. Pause.
  19. Ask the child to listen closely as you slowly zip the two sides together.
  20. Pause to look at how the teeth now connect.
  21. Keeping your hands in the aforementioned positions and slowly finish zipping up the frame.
  22. Slowly remove your hold of the fabric and the tab.
  23. Invite the child to have a turn.

Exercise

Same as presentation.

Points of Interest

Putting the pin in the box and the slider correctly. 

Purpose

Learn to zip, care for one self, independence, perseverance, concentration, eye hand coordination, refinement of movement. 

Age

3 to 4

Notes

Rubbing a bar of soap on the teeth to loosen them may help if it is too hard to unzip.  

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