Saturday, 26 March 2011

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Montessori Activity: Cutting Fruits with Butter Knife/Skære frugter/切水果 [qiē shuǐ guǒ]



J trying the pear which he cut himself
Age: From 1.5 year old

Activity Duration: 5-15 minutes

Preparation Time: 3 minutes

Objective(s):

1. To train the child’s fine motor skills
2. To encourage good eating habits.

Materials:
1. 2 pears (1 for you and 1 for your child)
2. 1 butter knife
3. 1 chopping board

Directions:

1. Demonstrate to your child by cutting the pear slowly one slice by one slice.

2. Then assist your child to hold the knife correctly.

3. Encourage your child to try.

Video Demonstration:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=enlFg35MKLU&feature=related

Additional Information:

I like to start with pear, as it is soft and easier to cut, and at the same time, it is not slippery like other fruit such as mango. J (2Y21D) tried this today for the real first time and he enjoyed it. I had hope that it will encourage him to eat more fruit and more pears, but it hasn't really worked that way today. He couldn't resist trying the bit of pear that he cut himself, but he didn't continue eating the whole pear.

If you don't have the time to supervise closely, you can also use cutting fruit toy to start with, if you don't want to use a butter knife and real fruits. We play this activity with both, sometimes toys, sometimes real fruit. You can get the cutting fruit toys from Amazon:

1 comment:

  1. My boys love cutting food too! Joshua looks like he's doing a great job and he's so cute!

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