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My child loves... dinosaurs

Stegosaurus fruit

Make a healthy snack to enjoy with your child and help develop their fine motor skills.

What you will need

  • An apple
  • Adult knife, a knife your child can safely use and a chopping board
  • Cocktail sticks
  • Soft fruits such as grapes, melon, banana and strawberries

Safety first

Keep the adult knife out of reach of your child. Ensure that fruit is sliced to an appropriate size so it does not cause a choking hazard. Supervise your child carefully with the cocktail sticks.

What to do

Explain to your child that together you are going to make a snack in the shape of a stegosaurus. Can your child describe what a stegosaurus looks like? Encourage your child to wash their hands and explain why we need to clean our hands before we prepare snacks.

Chop the apple in half and give half to you and half to your child. Put the adult knife away out of reach. Show your child how you can stick the cocktail sticks in the apple so they look like spines of a stegosaurus.

Next, invite your child to choose some soft fruits that they can slice using their knife. When they have chopped their fruit, show them how they can push the fruits down onto the cocktail sticks. When they have finished encourage them to enjoy eating their stegosaurus fruit!

How does this help my child's development?

Preparing food with your child encourages them to have a positive attitude to food. Children are much more likely to try foods that they have prepared themselves. Try doing this experience with different fruits that your child has not tried before such as mango or dragon fruit.

Using real tools such as knives helps children to understand that these have to be used safely and supports them in understanding how to keep themselves safe.

During this experience children will be developing their fine motor skills including bilateral coordination, where your child is using both hands at once to do different things. Good bilateral coordination is an indicator that both sides of the brain are communicating effectively and sharing information.

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