Job Skill #1 – Wrapping Utensils

There are many jobs that a person with a disability is capable of doing, but I figured lets start simple.  We can work our way up. Here is the process or steps I used when doing one of the job stations as an ESE teacher when focused on employability skills.  There will be a printable document at the end you may use.

Start by laying everything out.  This includes an empty container, utensils, napkins and the instructional steps.  I like this layout best because when the student would finish and I checked their work, they would then unroll the napkins and sort the utensils back in the organizer. As well as fold the napkins neatly or have them sort the napkins into the dirty clothes pile (whites, darks, delicates).  These are just a few ways to encourage more independent skills.  Now back to napkin rolling:

An empty tray or container to place rolled napkins, utensils available, laid out cloth napkins.
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I always make sure to have a picture of the way I want it so the student knows exactly what is expected

Make sure to have a variety of napkins so they are capable of dealing with differences in a comfortable setting.

Step 1: Lay out a cloth napkin on the table


Step 2. Fold the cloth napkin into a triangle (so in half)


Step 3: Place a fork, knife and spoon in the bottom, center area of the triangle


Step 4: Fold the right corner of the triangle over the utensils


Step 5: Fold the left side of the triangle over the utensils so it looks like an open envelope


Step 6: Begin to roll the covered utensils toward the tip of the triangle


Step 7: Continue to roll until all the way to the tip top


Step 8: Place completed rolled napkin onto the tray or container.

It may be a simple job but it makes the table setting look nice and it teaches students/employees the importance of good hygiene (touching utensils used by others) and to do your best because presentation is important. Some other skills it can hit include; matching, sorting, washing, drying, storage and probably a few others.

I have included a step by step printable document.  Please feel free to use it and modify it as need, but please give credit where credit is do.   Napkin rolling job skill

Thank you,


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