Fruit Building

Fruit Building

Cut the fruit to bite size pieces and put them on a plate or in a container.

Provide the child with toothpicks (you can use different color and size toothpicks, wooden toothpicks, or plastic toothpicks).

Let the child poke the toothpicks into the fruit pieces and promote him/her to create a structure using his/her imagination and creativity.

When the structure is complete, encourage the child to “take it apart” by eating the fruit.

Snack Time

This activity requires adult supervision and assistance. You can use any fruit the child likes, but for this example, we are going to use a banana.

Pour 4 ounces of milk into the mixing bowl and add one envelope of pudding (any flavor). Depending on the child’s age and abilities, this step may require an adult maximal assistance.

Using the spoon, have the child stir the milk and pudding mix vigorously until it thickens. Allow the child to peel the banana and if can do so independently. Assist the child in slicing the banana.

In a bowl, show the child how to layer the ingredients, placing the pudding first, then the banana slices, and then the wafers. Have the child follow this step as many times as you wish. For the last layer of wafers, have the child crumble the wafers on the top.

Potato Counter

For this activity you could use different types of fruit and vegetables. If the child has difficulty completing the activity with potatoes, you can use a softer fruit like bananas.

Cover a strip of thick cardboard or card, and draw boxes like those shown in the picture.

Cut small potatoes into halves and quarters so that they can stand without rocking or tipping.

Place one potato wedge on every box and number each box.

Now your child can stick in the right number of toothpicks into each potato.

For grading: Use random numbers instead of numbers in a sequence.