Sunday, July 1, 2012

Alternative to Montessori Dressing Frames

Dressing frames are a great teaching tool, however having a whole set is both space and money consuming.  Outside of a preschool environment it can be hard to justify for just one kid.  Some time ago I made up this substitute for older toad.  I thought it would be a great thing to take on a flight across the country; light, space efficient, cheap if lost and fun.  While it was certainly those first three, toad wasn't very interested.  The only thing that taught him how to dress himself was a lot of patience on our part and time.

Fast forward three years later and we're at the same place with younger toad.  However, he actually thinks using this is kind of fun to learn about these things.

This is too long to fit in a regular picture but starting on the left there is:  velcro, a zipper, lacing, buttons, hooks and eyes and finally snaps.

Some of these things are hard to do for a beginner.  However, if you went to the library and got a basic sewing book this kind of project is a great one to learn on.  It's super cheap since the materials can be leftovers, it doesn't have to fit anyone special, and no one will notice any sewing mistakes.

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