Life Skills Skillathon

Time Frame: 1.5 hours

Class Size: 20 ideal


  • Students will¬† be able to perform the steps to folding and washing laundry, taking out stains, sewing on a button, ironing dress clothes, and tying a tie.¬† Students will also be able to judge what colors look good and bad on themselves according to their skin color.


  • Have the stations already set up. Ask students to place their belongings in a corner out of the way.


Stain Samples

Stain Samples

  • Pre-stained fabric swatches
  • 2 cans Hair spray
  • 8 Tooth brushes
  • Lemon juice
  • Dish Soap
  • Bar Soap
  • Laundry Detergent
  • 2 Large Erasers
  • Sponges
  • 2 sinks
  • Baking soda
  • Buttons
  • Thread & Needles
  • Fabric Swatches
  • Scissors
  • Old clothes & sheets to fold
  • Dress pants & shirts to iron (ask students to bring them in)
  • 5 Dress ties
  • Color Bibs & Color Me Beautiful Book
  • Directions for each station printed out

Background for Teachers

  • Classroom Set up: Since I teach seniors, and it is hard to get enough free teachers or parents to participate, I don’t have an adult or facilitator at each station. I personally check off their task completions (see Station Check off List below) and use either YouTube videos, or printed instructions for each group to follow. I supervise the learning to make sure everyone is participating and answer questions.
  • Students will have 10 minutes at each station to complete the task. At the completion of the task they are to get their list signed by the teacher.

Station 1: Sewing on Buttons

Station 2: Ironing a Collard Shirt

Station 3: Ironing Dress Pants

Station 4: Finding Your Colors

Station 5: Tie a Tie

Station 6: Sorting & Folding Laundry

Station 7: Washing & Drying Clothes

Station 8: Dye Based Stain Removal

Station 9: Oil Based Stain Removal


  • Did you already know how to do all of these things?
  • What did you learn today?
  • How do you think you will use these skills in the future?


3 comments for “Life Skills Skillathon

  1. Di
    September 18, 2012 at 8:21 pm

    This is a cute creative idea of broad skills.

  2. Julie Mundahl
    November 30, 2014 at 2:50 pm

    Do you have written directions for each station?

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