Practical Life materials and activities are designed to develop a child’s everyday life skills and promote independence. These exercises are sequence driven and require repetition for a child to develop concentration, eye-hand coordination, gross- and fine-motor skills, confidence, self-awareness and self-esteem, coordination, concentration, and organizational skills.
Between birth and six years of age - the formative years - a child absorbs information almost effortlessly. Concepts and techniques are easily learned during this time that, later on, will be considered more difficult for an older child to learn.
Some examples of Practical Life activities are dressing frames (lacing, zippers, and tying buttons), pouring and transporting liquid/solid techniques, flower arranging, table setting, weaving, paper cutting with scissors, sorting, and folding.