The practical life area provides the foundation for future learning. The activities are designed to enable the child to explore their environment through movement while gaining harmony with their brain, senses and muscles. This area gives the child direction and movement through repetition and promotes confidence to face challenges and change. The activities in the practical life area appeal to the young child’s sensitive period of order, imitation and self-awareness. These include grasping; spooning; using tongs; pouring beans and water; scooping; opening and closing; stringing beads, and care of the environment through the use of sponges, broom and dustpan.