There are so many ways children can build fine motor control in the kitchen, from opening and closing jars to learning to work with a knife.
Whenever the vegetable is available, provide your child with the opportunity to shell peas! A timely and fresh activity that yields a yummy snack.
Shelling Fresh Peas
You’ll need three bowls, preferably glass or ceramic. Pick up some fresh snap peas at the groceries or farmer’s market.
Show your child how to crack open a pea pod by applying some pressure on the seam. Next, when opened, pick out the peas one by one and place them in an empty bowl.
Lastly, place the empty pea pod in the third bowl. You can use the pods in a quick stir fry with other fresh or frozen vegetables for an easy dinner!
When you’re done shelling all of the peas, enjoy them as a snack. (Just a note, peas can be a choking hazard for a very young child.)
This activity builds fine motor skills, gives your child confidence in preparing their own snack, and perhaps introduces a new fresh vegetable!
What other fine motor control builders do you know of in the kitchen? Share with us in the comments below!
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