All tied up in knots

Tying knots is very challenging for preschool age children and so today we “loosely” explored the process of tying a knot together…

Even though not all of my students were quite able to master this process, we did have some amazing teamwork and support for one another that made this process far more rewarding than just tying knots…

Before everyone got their own length of rope to work with, we had a group discussion on using rope safely in the classroom and we set a few rules to keep us safe too. Then we took turns feeling two kinds of rope – silk and plastic. We discovered that silk rope is softer and plastic rope is more slippery….

After our discussion and chance to feel rope, I gave each child their own piece of rope and together we walked through the process of trying to tie a knot…

We crisscrossed the ends of our rope and then worked to figure out which end of rope needed to go through the loop. Okay – I won’t kid you but this was quite confusing to explain to the children but most of them figured it out by simply exploring the process on their own…

Our older students really started to get the hang of it…

And some of our younger students caught on too…

And those who had mastered the knot tying process stopped to help their friends figure it out too…

Whether everyone mastered the knot tying process today didn’t matter because what my students are mastering is how to care about one another – now that is priceless!

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  1. Ann says

    What a NEAT idea! I will try this activity soon…Thanks for all your great ideas…you have made my teaching more exciting…

    • Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. says

      I am thinking that what we do in early childhood would naturally fall in line with the things you all do in OT :) We all want to build those fine motor skills!

  2. says

    What a wonderful post about knots. I really like that you have used a white rope that stands out on the carpet making it easier for the children to see.

    What is empowering is that tying knots is a life-long useful skill. I look forward to seeing where the children take the learning from here.

    Thanks for sharing and mentioning my blog post too.

  3. says

    What a fantastic idea. This really gets those little ones ready to tie their shoes. A great lesson that enhances cooperation, fine motor practice and problem-solving. Kudos!!

    • Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. says

      We have been continuing our rope adventures too! Today, we worked on jump roping – talk about too funny. Such a hard thing to do!

  4. says

    I LOVE all of your great ideas and use them regularly in my home preschool. Thank You for all you do and all of your hard work & dedication. You are an inspiration to me.
    I also thought that you could use the rope to make shapes. You could say the shape & the kids could make the shape or for younger children you could show them the shape on a card. You could also do this with letters but most letters would take more than 1 rope.