Little Bugs Edu-Play
14 Swart Street | Randpark Ridge | Johannesburg

Life skills

What are life skills?

Life skills are problem solving behaviors used appropriately and responsibly in the management of personal affairs. They are a set of human skills acquired via teaching or direct experience that are used to handle problems and questions commonly encountered in daily human life. Teaching your children life skills at an early age helps them to develop good habits, gives them daily “real life” opportunities to practice fine and gross motor skills, and ultimately teaches them responsibility. By teaching them how to do things for themselves, it also helps them to become more independent, which in turn builds their self-confidence.

Some life skills you can teach your children:

  • Drink from a straw
  • Drink from an open cup
  • Eat with a spoon and fork
  • Hold a book and turn pages carefully one-by-one
  • Blow their nose
  • Properly wash hands
  • Wipe up their own spills
  • Brush their teeth
  • Put dirty clothes in the laundry
  • Put on their own shoes
  • Where to put their shoes when they take them off
  • Where to put their jackets when they take them off
  • Brush/Comb their hair
  • Dress and undress themselves
  • Peel some fruits, e.g. banana, naartjie
  • Properly grip a pencil or crayon
  • Sort items while cleaning
  • Make their bed
  • Snap, zip, button, and tie
  • Fasten and unfasten a belt buckle
  • Change the toilet paper roll
  • Sneeze and cough into elbow
  • Peeling a boiled egg
  • Juicing an orange
  • Pouring juice
  • Cleaning up after eating
  • Open yoghurt
  • Open cheese wrapper e.g. Melrose wedges
  • Eat whole apple
  • Destalking grapes
  • Chewing food properly