Hand washing is a very important, much loved exercise of Practical Life. This activity calls to the child’s need for movement and order. Hand washing is not just about washing one’s hands, it involves hauling and pouring water to prepare, and pouring, hauling, and drying to clean up. In this way, the child’s coordination is refined as they focus to control their movements.
Throughout this activity, a child builds concentration and memory. This exercise requires children to complete steps in logical sequence and to follow through by cleaning up after themselves. When hand washing, a child gains confidence by learning how to care for himself and by being able to complete such a lengthy activity independently.