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Fruit Building

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Purpose

This is a delicious activity. While this activity promotes tripod grasp and bilateral hand use, it is also a wonderful way to introduce new foods and textures to picky eaters or those children who love and enjoy fruit. Suggested fruit: cantaloupe, watermelon, mango, banana, grapes, plumes, and peaches (veggies are welcome as well).

Materials

Fruit, Toothpicks

Skills

Bilateral Hand Use and Tripod Grasp

Description

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 completed, encourage the child to ???take it apart??? by eating the fruit.
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