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Preliminary Exercises
  Carrying a Mat
  Unrolling/Rolling a Mat
  Carrying a Chair
  Sit and Stand from a Chair
  Carrying a Table
  Carrying a Tray
  Carrying a Jug
  Geometric Cabinet Tray
  Carrying a Sharp object
  Opening a Door
  Removing a Book
  Opening a Book
  Turning pages of a Book
  Opening Bottles
  Opening Boxes
  Folding Cloths
  Spooning Grains
  Pouring Grains
Care of the Person
  Washing Hands
  Dressing Frame
    Hook and Eye
   Safety Pins
  Polishing Shoes
  Preparing a Snack
Care of The Environment
  Washing a Chalkboard
  Dusting a Table
  Washing a Table
  Polishing Wood
  Polishing Glass
  Arranging Flowers
  Washing Cloths
  Setting a Table
  Wet Mopping
  Dust Mopping
  Outdoor Sweeping
Grace and Courtesy
  Greeting a Person
  Thank You
  Excuse Me
  Introduction of One's Self
  Offering Help
  Expressing Admiration
Control of Movement
  Walking on the Line
  Silence Game

Dressing Frame: Zipper


 - One zip frame.



Invite a child to come by telling them you have something to show them. Have the child bring the appropriate dressing frame and have them place it on a specific spot on the table you will be working at. Have the child sit down first, and then you sit down to the child’s right. Tell the child that you will be showing him how unzip and zip. Give the names of each part.


(Place the frame so the zipper handle is on the top)

  1. Place your right thumb under the zipper handle and place your right index finger over to pinch fingers together.
  2. Pinch (material) the top part to the right of the zipper teeth with your left thumb and index finger.

    dressing frame zipping, pinching the top part

  3. Slowly and in a continuous movement, pull the zipper handle down.
  4. Slow down when you get to the bottom to emphasis when the pin slides out.
  5. Make sure the pin comes out of the pin holder.
  6. Unpinch your left fingers and then your right.
  7. Open the right flap fully and then the left.
  8. Close the flaps starting with the left flap and then the right.


  1. Pinch the zipper handle with your right thumb and index finger.
  2. Make a point of showing that the handle needs to point down.
  3. Place your right index finger on the top part of the tab and your right thumb at the bottom of the tab.
  4. Press firmly together.

    dressing frame zipping, pressing firmly together

  5. Pinch the bottom part to the right of the zipper teeth with your left thumb and index finger.
  6. Slide the pin slowly into the tab.
  7. Make sure the tab slides fully in.

    dressing frame zipping, making sure the tab slides in

  8. Repinch the zipper handle with your right thumb and index.
  9. Pull the material taught with your left hand.
  10. Slide the handle up until your reach the top.

    dressing frame zippersliding the

  11. Let go of the material with your left fingers.
  12. Lower the handle so it is lying downwards and remove fingers.

Once done, offer the child the opportunity to unzip and zip.



Direct: To help them learn how to zip themselves.
Indirect: Acquiring coordination of movement.

Points of Interests
Making sure the pin is fully in the tab before beginning to zip.

2 1/2 - 3 1/2years

You may want to ask the child where he has seen a zipper before to have him associate what he is about to do to his every day clothing.

This Montessori Video shows how to present a child with the Dressing Frame - Zipper.

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