Working together to do meal time prep with kids
Since Liam isn’t super motivated to learn how to do things for himself, I have to help him along and show him that he is capable of putting together simple meals. Practical life skills are definitely a top priority here since he isn’t self-motivated. He would rather wait and have me do it, but he is growing up! We already have pretty simple meals around here and breakfast is the simplest of all. Mostly he likes his Ezekiel toast with jelly and nut butter (or just jelly) and fruit. Usually a cheese stick is added but not today!
Pretty quick and easy set up. Yes, a ceramic dish and one of our butter knives! I put some jelly in a bowl so he didn’t have to struggle with the big jar. Liam uses the utensils, plates and glasses we use. Other than our water bottles, he has always used these things since he was a young toddler. We really haven’t had many accidents either. He has some super cute jelly glasses I picked up at an antique store for my baby shower!
We did a little hand over hand to hold the knife and scoop up some jelly and he worked on spreading the jelly over the toast. He kept wanting me to do it, but I kept pushing him to work on it. He has trouble if he feels he isn’t doing it perfectly, if he is not doing it with ease like I might be able to do it or if it does not look like what he sees in a book. This discourages him rather than pushes him to practice more. We talk a lot about how things are easier with practice and some times it takes a while to get better at something!
He loves Honeydew Melon so I cut them into strips to start and gave him a plastic knife to cut them into pieces. This gave me an opportunity to show him how to keep his fingers away from the knife and talk about knife safety. We also practiced cutting the pieces evenly and staying slow and steady. Since his body is always in some sort of constant wiggle, his attention drifts. Staying calm and settled is a constant lesson and necessary for many practical life skills!
We made fruit skewers with our pieces. His favorite. Good fine motor work as well. Threading the skewers with the chunks of slippery fruit in uneven sizes was a bit challenging. He learned quickly how to hold the skewer at the bottom so his hand could be a stopper for the fruit! Little trial and error there!
He finished up by carrying his plate over to the coffee table. He was pleased he kept it level! Hopefully tomorrow’s breakfast will excite him to try again so he can work on those practical life skills! Practice makes perfect!
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