Activity: Super Self-Server
There are so many benefits and learnings for children from just serving their own food! Not only does it encourage hand-eye coordination and fine-motor practice, but it also allows them to take ownership, be social and caring and develop independence in the process.
Do you have a picky eater on your hands? Try letting them serve themselves. Giving them the freedom of choice lets them feel empowered and more in control and they are more likely to look forward to mealtimes. With this in mind, let’s set out to make our kids Super Self-Servers.
Things You Will Need
- Plate & Bowls
- Spoons & Forks
- Other serving utensils
- Meal of the day!
- Gripping and passing utensils
- Judging quantities, and space in the bowl or plate
- Gripping, orienting and balancing serving spoons
- Differentiating between (common) serving and (personal) eating utensils
Let's Get Started :)
Watch this Activity Video and follow along!
The benefits of eating independently are immense. Children crave to feel in control and a sense of independence as they step into toddlerhood and beyond. Letting them serve themselves can be a step in the right direction. Yes, it can be messier than you hoped for, but definitely worth teaching them a skill they’ll need as they grow older. So embrace the mess and let them learn.
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