To do: Find ways to involve your child in their own lunch prep
Time: 30 minutes
Materials: Typical lunch ingredients, kitchen tools, lunchbox
Your child can independently prepare and pack their own school lunches if you prepare the right environment. Try providing the space, utensils, and ingredients so your child can explore and learn. Here’s how to get started:
Invite your child to come to the kitchen with you. “Would you like to cook with me? I have a special place set up, just for you.”
Show your child the shelf, table, or cupboard you have ready for them. “Here are all the ingredients you need to make a PB&J.” Perhaps on a tray you have a butter knife, bread, and of course peanut butter and jelly.
Next, show them how to make a sandwich, or whatever you have planned! Do it together the first and maybe the second time, and slowly back off your involvement to see exactly what your child is capable of.
During the school year, invite your child to get their lunch ready all by themselves. Perhaps while you are preparing dinner, your child is preparing lunch? Find the best time and space for your family, and help your child be successfully independent.
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