Every year, I have my class make banana pudding. This is a “cooking” activity, as well as a fine motor activity because the children have practice slicing the bananas with a knife. This is one of their favorite activities because they love to slice the bananas!
We use dull edge knives, such as butter knives. Plastic knives might work , but I like to use the sturdier, metal ones. They can be purchased in many discount stores at 4 for $1.00.
Bananas (one half per child)
Vanilla Pudding (one cup per child)
Vanilla Wafers (about 4-5 mini vanilla wafers per child)
Whipped Topping (optional)
Wet Wipes and/or Napkins
Cups or Bowls
- First, have the kids put vanilla wafers in a clear punch cup (the mini vanilla wafers are great for this).
- Second, spoon the vanilla pudding from a pudding cup to their punch cup, on top of the vanilla wafers.
- Third, slice half a banana and put the slices in the cup.
- Optional: Add some whipped topping.
To extend slicing practice, add some slicing activities to your centers. You can find educational toys made especially for this where children can cut fruit or cut a sandwich. The toys are made with Velcro to attach the play food together and then children use a dull knife to slice the food apart. These make a great fine motor addition to the House Center.
I’d love to hear from you! What are some slicing activities you have done in your classroom? Share in the comments.