Sunday, August 7, 2011
Looking for a fun fine motor activity that will also get your kids wanting to eat healthy? Kiddie Kabobs have long been a favorite at my house! All you need are some wooden shish-kabob skewer sticks, a cheap buy at any grocery, and some fresh fruit. The skewer sticks do have a point at one end so you'll want to be sure there is adult supervision but the kids will want to try this themselves. Provide a variety of fruit that is simple to skewer such as grapes, strawberries, banana slices, melon, blueberries, and raspberries. Mini marshmallows and cheese cubes work great too! The kids can load up the skewer sticks with their favorites and then feast away. It's a sure bet they'll want to go back for seconds! Picking up the fruit to place on the skewer stick encourages a three finger grasp and requires some coordination. You can add some challenges by counting how many pieces are on each skewer or making patterns with the fruit (such as strawberry, grape, grape, strawberry, or a color pattern). Yum! Yum!
Jen Dermody, OTR/L