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School pack for schools and organisations

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The school pack includes:

  • DoUp 4Ways Cushion
  • 30 DoUp 4Ways Challenge cards
  • 30 DoUp 4Ways Badges
  • 1 DoUp 4Ways Carrying bag for cushion

The challenge card can also be downloaded from the website, from here . Note: The image is copyrighted and is not to be used in any other promotional material other than in conjuction with DoUp4Ways.

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Education

Education is a stepping stone to achieve great things and it starts with enjoying play.without the child even knowing that they have required this skill.

Fine motor skills are essential for a child that has entered the world of education in helping the child with various skills one being penmanship. The DoUp4Ways cushion helps to support with defining the child’s fine motor skills in a fun way. Education should be fun for a young child from learning various lessons throughout life. A child feels a great satisfaction when they have reached that milestone of being able to accomplish getting dress by themselves without having to ask for help. With educating the young we look for ways to help the child to reach these milestones.

The DoUp4Ways cushion has been designed to help parents and teachers to support the development of early school learning and to develop a range of skills without the child even noticing that this is what they are doing. One side of the cushion is interactive and fun, but as the other side is plain so the cushion will also not look out of place with the home décor. “if you have a group of children at circle time you can even play a game to see who completes doing everything up first” It can really be a lot of fun !!

The challenge card

But we don’t just think it is down to the teachers to help children to achieve these four skills in a fun way, parents can also get involved. Teachers can let the pupil take home the DoUp 4Ways cushion for parents to help their child with trying to complete the DoUp 4Ways CHALLENGE.

What is the DoUp 4Ways CHALLENGE each child is given a card with the four components on it. When a child has completed one component to a satisfactory standard the parent or teacher will tick the box. When the child has completed all four components they will be rewarded with the DoUp 4Ways badge.

The school pack

Why are fine motor skills important?

Fine motor skills are essential for performing everyday skills like cutting, self care tasks (e.g. managing clothing fastenings, opening lunch boxes, cleaning teeth) and pencil skills. Without the ability to complete these every day tasks, a child’s self esteem can suffer and their academic performance may be compromised. They are also unable to develop appropriate independence in life skills (such as getting dressed and feeding themselves).

  • Check to make sure the hole is aligned with the button. 

    Have your child pinch the button between their thumb and index finger (thumb on back of button, tip of index finger on front).

    With their hand, have the child grasp the edge of the placket, next to the buttonhole, and gently pull it away from them. 

    This will cause the hole to open slightly, making it easier to insert the button. Inserting a bit of thumb into the buttonhole can also help.

    Encourage your child to push one edge of the button through the hole and grab it with the thumb and index finger. This is the trickiest part and will require practice and coordination.

    Once your child gets a grip on the button have them pull it all way through the hole. 

  • Check to make sure the poppets our aligned with each other. Have your child pinch the poppets between their thumb and index finger and press down on poppet (thumb on top of poppets).

  • Zip it up

    Once your child can put on a jacket, they will be eager to learn how to zip it up, but it takes time to master this complicated skill.

    “Zipping up takes fine motor skills and motor planning, which means thinking through the steps you need to take in the order you need to take them “And then you have to put the steps into practice. That’s hard for kids.”

    Learn the parts of a zipper

    While you probably won’t use all of these terms when teaching your child to zip – you’re more likely to say “Now you pull this part down to the bottom” and so on.

    1. The teeth: the pieces that run along the edge of each half of the zipper
    2. The pin: the long, thin rectangular piece at the bottom of one set of teeth
    3. The box: the square at the bottom of the other set of teeth
    4. The slider: the mechanism that moves up and down and should sit right above the box when it’s at the bottom
    5. The pull-tab: the piece attached to the slider that acts as a handle
    6. Push the slider all the way down so it’s resting on top of the box
    7. Using both hands, have your child grab hold of the bottom of each zipper side
    8. Have your child pick up the side of the cushion zip with the pin in it and slide the pin into the box on the side of the cushion with the slider. Make sure the pin goes all the way through the slider and into the box. This is the tricky part. If the two pieces are not completely connected, your child won’t be able to pull up the zipper. Ask your child to grab the pull-tab and slide it up while holding tight to the bottom of the jacket where the pin and box are connected. They should continue sliding the zipper…
  • Learning to tie your own shoe laces is a tricky fine motor skill for children, but with patience and practice parents can teach their child to tie their own laces.

    Velcro school shoes may make parenting easier, but they also threaten to destroy a childhood rite of passage – learning to tie your own shoe laces. Tying your own shoe laces requires a level of dexterity most kids don’t possess until they’re between five and seven, so take it slow.

    The easy bunny ears method of tying laces

    Two bunny ears help the child tie a square knot, one of the easiest knots to learn. Try teaching this:

    • Fold each end of the lace into a single “bunny ear.” You can hold the “ears” in place between your thumb and pointer finger on each hand.
    • Cross the bunny ears so that they form an “X” in the air.
    • Loop the bottom bunny ear over and through the top bunny ear. This will create a second knot.
    • Pull the bunny ears out to the side away from the shoe. This will create a square knot that will not easily come undone and will hold the shoe in place.

    How to tie a shoe lace the more complicated way

    Step 1: Take one lace in each hand and make an X.

    Draw the top lace through the bottom of the X and pull the two laces tight. Then make a loop out of each lace.

    Step 2: Cross the bunny ears over each other

    Cross one “ear” over the other, in the opposite order of your overhand knot.

    Step 3: Run the bunny ears over each other

    Explain how “the bunny runs around the tree” by bending one loop over the other.

    Step 4: See the bunny jump in a hole

    Now “the bunny sees a dog and jumps in the hole”: Pass the tip of the bent ear through the hole.

    Step 5: Pull loops tight

    For extra security, you can double the knot by making another overhand knot with the loops.

    Practise tying laces with your child until he can do it himself. Using the Do Up 4Ways cushion can be helpful. Before you know it, you can throw out the Velcro shoes and your child will have mastered some fine motor skills that will help in other areas of learning.