Practical Life: Cutting a Banana

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CUTTING A BANANA ON A GUITAR SHAPED CUTTING BOARD

Materials:

1. Guitar shaped cutting board

2. Banana cut in half

3. Tray

4. Napkins (quarter size)

5. Spreading knife (musical themed)

6. Toothpicks

7. Small musical themed plate

Presentation:

1. Say to the child, “I am going to show you how to cut a banana on the guitar shaped cutting board.”

2. Slowly walk over to the sink and wash your hands with soap and warm water.

3. Pick up the tray.

4. Slowly continue (with tray) to the area of the classroom which has the bananas.

5. Here, select a half-banana and a napkin. Place the napkin on the tray and the banana on the napkin.

6. Grasp the tray with two hands.

7. Carry the tray to the table.

8. Continue by finding and placing the guitar shaped cutting board and small plate on the table.

9. Sit at the table with the guitar shaped cutting board in front of you and the tray holding the napkin and half-banana above the guitar shaped cutting board. The small plate is to the right of the tray.

10. Place the napkin and half-banana on the guitar shaped cutting board.

11. Hold the end of the half-banana with the sub-dominant hand.

12. Slowly remove the peel of the banana of the half-banana by using the pincer grip of the dominant hand.

13. Slowly place the banana on the small plate.

14. Turn the corners of the napkin over the peel of the banana.

15. Slowly stand.

16. Use both hands to hold the napkin which contains the banana peel.

17. Slowly carry the napkin which contains the banana peel over to the trash can.

18. Place this napkin which contains the banana peel into the trash can.

19. Gather a napkin, toothpick, and spreading knife.

20. Return to the table and sit in your original seat.

21. Place the napkin on the guitar shaped cutting board.

22. Place the toothpick and spreading knife on the small plate (by the half-
banana).

23. Now, pick up the half-banana and place it on the guitar shaped cutting board.

24. Pick up the spreading knife with the dominant hand.

25. With the sub-dominant hand steady the far end of the half-banana.

26. At the opposite end of the half-banana slice the half-banana.

27. Continue to cut even slices until the half-banana is completely sliced.

28. Place the spreading knife on the guitar shaped cutting board.

29. With the dominant hand, pick up the toothpick from the small plate.

30. Slowly pierce a banana slice with the toothpick.

31. Tilt the toothpick and lift the banana slice with the toothpick.

32. Place the banana slice on the small plate.

33. Continue until all banana slices are on the small plate.

34. Place the toothpick on the napkin.

35. Turn the corners of the napkin over the toothpick.

36. Slowly stand.

37. Use both hands to hold the napkin which contains the banana peel.

38. Slowly carry the napkin which contains the toothpick over to the trash can.

39. Place this napkin which contains the toothpick into the trash can.

40. Return to the table.

41. Place both (two) hands on the small plate.

42. Carry the small plate with the sliced bananas to the eating table.

43. Sit down at the eating table.

44. Eat the sliced bananas using a small fork at the eating table.

45. Slowly stand.

46. Use both (two) hands and carry the small plate over to the dishwashing/sink area.

47. Return to original table and pick up the guitar shaped cutting board and spreading knife.

48. Slowly place the guitar shaped cutting board and spreading knife into the dishwashing/sink area.

49. Wash and dry the small plate, guitar shaped cutting board and spreading knife.

50. Return the small plate; guitar shaped cutting board and spreading knife to their proper area in the classroom.

51. Slowly walk back to the original table and pick up the tray with both (two) hands and return it to the proper area in the classroom.

Control of Error

The banana peels remaining on the half-banana.

Irregular shape/slices of the half-banana.

Points of Interest

The feel of the half-banana peel when touched.

Slicing the half-banana using the spreading knife.

Using a toothpick to pick up the slices of the half-banana.

The “string” between the peel and the half-banana.

Purpose: Direct

Development of order, concentration, coordination, and independence.

Development of self-esteem and confidence.

Development of social consciousness.

Development of a purposeful movement.

Purpose: Indirect

Development of the ability to peel and cut a half-banana.

Variations:

Cut a strawberry.

Peel and cut a peach.

Peel and cut an apricot.