In the box: 10 pieces of plastic fruit, plastic knife, cutting board
A simple, kid-friendly activity to introduce cutting, holding a knife and/or an activity to use two hands together. The pieces are brightly colored, hollow, hard plastic, and do closely resemble fruit. The pieces stick together with Velcro that is already in place when you buy the fruit. The fruits are pineapple, apple, grapes, orange, watermelon, banana, pear, lemon, peach and strawberry. Many of the pieces are divided into halves, but several are more involved. The pineapple has three rings, as pictured above, but you cannot cut all the way through with the knife because there is a round core inside. You can start with the knife or just pull them apart with your hands. The banana has three peels that you can take off by hand and there is a banana inside. The orange is divided into four quarters and each quarter has its own removable skin, so you can cut it and then peel off the skin. The peelings are all hard plastic also, not flexible like a real peeling. The knife is sturdy and the blade edge is rounded, it is not sharp.
- Start by cutting only the half fruits. Model the more complicated fruits before asking the child to assemble. Taking something apart usually takes less skill than putting something together.
- Pull the halves apart and mix one of each fruit on the table. Give the individual one half and ask him to find the other half and put it together.
- Pull the halves apart and mix them up on the table. Ask the individual to assemble them into complete fruits.
- Use as a precursor to cutting real fruit.