How do you teach children to dress themselves? One playful idea is to practise on dolly instead. Being a big helper and assisting dolly can be less frustrating than struggling with your own clothes, so this might be just the trick needed to help a learner tackle buttons and velcro.
Find some dolly-sized clothes with zips, buttons and toggles – or stitch some on yourself – and then include them in your play. Trying to teach children to dress themselves when you’re in a hurry in the morning, or just about to head out the door, doesn’t create the best situation to master a new skill. By including this is in play, children gets lots of time and opportunity to practise.
For more tips see our staring school guide to putting on your own coat and shoes
How do you help your children learn to tackle zips and buttons?