All children need to learn what order to put their clothes on in. They need to know that their pants go on before their trousers, unless they want to dress up as a super hero! You can find more information about teaching the order of dressing in the information sheet and download some visual aids for the morning routine.
By 2 years your child should be able to take off their unfastened jacket. Between the ages of 3 and 4 your child should be able to put their jacket on although they may not manage the fastenings.
Here are some tips to help:
There are different ways of putting on your jacket, try these to find out which one works for your child:
Babies love to take their socks off they can usually manage this by themselves by the time they are 15 months old.
Putting on socks is a skill that children can often find challenging particularly for those children who experience difficulties in using both of their hands together to complete a task.
Children learn to take their shoes off first and can usually pull on wellies, slippers and slip on shoes by the time they are 2 years old.
Buttons are a hard skill to master as it involves both hands working together but making slightly different movements. Your child will not have the skills needed to be able to do this until the age of 4.
Start by teaching unbuttoning first as it is easier. Make sure to start with large buttons and work to smaller ones. Practising as part of play can help too, see the Button Programme and Activity Information Sheet for ideas. You can also practice by dressing teddies and dolls. It is easier to practice with the clothes lying flat on a table so your child can see what they are doing. Once they have mastered unbuttoning move on to buttoning. Finally get your child to put the clothes on and undo and do up the buttons this way.
Below is step by step videos with instructions on how to do up and how to undo buttons which run in a vertical (top to bottom) or horizontal (side to side) direction.
Tying your own shoelaces requires a level of dexterity (using both hands together) most children don't possess until they're between five and seven, so take it slow!
This video shows the One Loop Method that most adults use.
This new method is another way to tie your shoelaces. This method is good for right and left handed people. Before teaching your child this new modern method we would recommend you take time to practice on your own. Being confident in the method yourself will reduce any anxiety and confusion when teaching your child.
This video shows your child an alternative technique to create the initial knot.
This technique helps to stop the shoelace knot falling out. It involves knotting the two loops at the end.
The further up the school your child progresses the more likely they are to require to wear a school tie. During primary school this may only be needed for school photographs or special occasions but by secondary it is normally expected that children wear a school tie everyday. It is important to be able to tie a tie independently so that changing for P.E. is not an issue.