Recommended Age: 2 and ½ to 4 years
Level of Parent Involvement: Medium for the first presentation, then low-none after the child has been shown, they can sweep independently
- Dust pan and brush
- Small box filled with pot pourri (refilled as needed) or small pieces of coloured scrap paper cut up into squares to act as a ‘dirt indicator’
- Source the child sized broom (Bunning have a version perfect for this exercise)
- Place the dust pan and brush with the broom
- Prepare the box, by either filling with pot pourri or cut up scrap paper)
- Invite the child, letting them know you are going to teach them how to do a very important job called ‘sweeping’
- Show the child the indicator box and invite them to take one
- Go with the child to find some dirt on the floor, invite the child to place the indicator there, telling them “this will show us where we are sweeping”
- Show the child the broom and model how to carry the broom safely
- Invite the child to bring the broom to the place where they placed the indicator
- Take the broom from the child, use a back and forth sweeping motion so the bristles of the broom touch the dirt and the indicator, pushing the dirt towards the indicator
- Show the child the dustpan and brush, model how to carry, the child may bring the dustpan and brush to the dirt and indicator
- Crouch down, use your left hand to hold the dustpan
- Position the dustpan behind the piece of dirt and the indicator
- Move the dirt and the indicator with the brush into the dustpan using a rolling action of the wrist
- Place the brush on the dustpan horizontally, holding the handle with one hand, the other hand holds the dustpan
- Walk to the bin with the child
- Use the brush to brush the dirt and indicator into the bin whilst slightly tilting the dustpan towards the bin
- Place the brush back on top of the dustpan
- Invite the child to find some dirt to sweep, leave the child to work independently
- Using a carpet sweeper
- Using a hand-held vacuum
- Sweeping outdoors
- Raking leaves
- Beating rugs
- Should fluff get stuck on the broom show the child how to pick off and then wash hands.
- For outside tools such as the outside broom or rake, may use a stone/pebble/stick as the indicator
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