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Dress up yourself: how do children learn?

The closures are used in kindergarten age

By the time they are around three and a half years old, many have their clothes under control. Only the details are still lacking: zips, buckles, buttons. Here, too, practice and the little ones keep talking. Some children are helped by books that offer different closures for opening and closing. "I use so-called Montessori frames in my practice," says Schneider. "These are small wooden frames covered with fabric on which children can practice with snaps or zips, for example." The frames can be easily made by yourself - just like so-called activity boards, where many different closures are attached to a board. Large buttons and a zipper make it easy to get started on clothing. By the age of five at the latest, children want to do everything on their own. It is important to plan enough time. It just takes a while to get dressed.

Children can practice the famous bow tie just before school starts. Even if there aren't too many shoes with laces these days, fine motor skills are there at this age. To make the complicated process easier, parents can thread a piece of string through a piece of wood or cardboard. Those who can tie their own shoes usually no longer have any problems with "duck feet". Some children put the shoes on the wrong way for a long time. Parents should then always put the shoes the right way round in front of the child. A little hint on a shoe can also be useful. "I cut up a sticker and stick one half in the left shoe and one in the right," explains Schneider. Under no circumstances should the little ones whiz around with "duck feet". This hurts and is detrimental to foot development.

Complicated clothing: more help needed

Winter remains a challenge for a long time. If you wear two sweaters and a thick snowsuit, you can hardly get to your feet. The parents still have to help with the older ones. It's good if finger gloves and complicated hats aren't lurking for impatient little ones.