Let’s Sort and Fold the Washing


Children help to fold washing at home.

Advice & Suitability

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Materials Required

  1. Clothes/washing basket
  2. Clothes line/washing line, Pegs (optional)


Have a free space prepared for you and your child to sit with the laundry and organise.

Method (or Ideas)

  1. If your child is interested they may be able to help remove clothes from clothes line.
  2. Talk to your child as you take items out of the basket.
  3. Talk about who owns each piece of clothing e.g. these are your brother’s socks.
  4. Sort clothes in piles.
  5. Fold clothes with your child.
  6. Talk about each item e.g. this is red, this shirt is silky, these pants feel rough etc

Facilitation Tips – What To Say

  • Sorting
  • Folding
  • Colours e.g. red, blue, green and yellow etc.
  • Textures e.g. rough, smooth, prickly etc.
  • Who owns this? e.g. mum, dad, brother, sister, baby etc.
  • Basket
  • Pegs

Extend the Experience

Children can hang clothes on the clothes line.

Children can use clothes pegs as a colour sorting game.

Children can attach and take pegs off the side of a small basket/shoebox or container to further develop fine motor skills

WHO Guidelines for Physical Activity & Sedentary Behaviour

This activity is a quiet activity. Please ensure your child has some physical activity included into their day – jump to the washing line etc.

Early Years Learning Framework


  1. Children develop knowledgeable and confident self identities
  2. Children develop their emerging autonomy, inter-dependence, resilience and sense of agency
  3. Children feel safe, secure, and supported


Principle 1: Secure, respectful and reciprocal relationships. Through a widening network of secure relationships, children develop confidence and feel respected and valued.


Practice: Learning through play. Play can expand children’s thinking and enhance their desire to know and to learn. In these ways play can promote positive dispositions towards learning. Children’s immersion in their play illustrates how play enables them to simply enjoy being.

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