Practical Life: Spreading Cream Cheese

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SPREADING STRAWBERRY CREAM CHEESE ON WHOLE WHEAT BREAD AND

CUTTING WITH MUSICAL SHAPED COOKIE CUTTER

Materials:

tray

one paper towel (folded into quarters)

small paper plate

plastic sandwich bag containing one slice of whole wheat bread

one small cup (with lid) of strawberry cream cheese

one musical themed spreader

one musical themed (treble clef) cookie cutter

scrap container

Presentation:

1. Carry the tray to the food preparation table in the practical life area of the classroom.

2. Wash hand with warm water and soap.

3. Slowly walk back to the food preparation area and sit at the table.

4. Slide the tray forward on the table.

4. Pick up the paper towel (folded into quarters) and place it in front of you.

5. Pick up the paper plate and place it in the lower center of the paper towel.

6. Pick up the scrap container from the tray and place it to the left (and above) of the paper plate.

7. Pick up the musical themed spreader and place it to the right of the paper plate.

8. Pick up the plastic sandwich bag and remove the small cup of strawberry cream cheese and place it to the right of the spreader.

9. Remove the slice of whole wheat bread and place it on the paper plate.

10. Return the empty plastic sandwich bag to the tray.

11. Pick up the musical themed cookie cutter from the tray and center it over the slice of whole wheat bread.

12. Using both hands, push down (one hand on each side) on the musical themed cookie cutter. It is best to do a back/forth motion with the wrist to allow for the whole wheat bread to form the shape of the musical themed cookie cutter.

13. Leave the left hand on the musical themed cookie cutter and with the right hand pull/tear away the edge of the whole wheat bread.

14. Place the scraps of the whole wheat bread into the scrap container.

15. Now, the right hand holds down the musical themed cookie cutter as the left hand pull/tears away the opposite edge of the whole wheat bread.

16. Place the scraps of the whole wheat bread into the scrap container.

17. Pick up the musical themed cookie cutter with the dominant hand and return it to the tray.

18. Again, using the dominant hand, pick up the musical themed spreader.

19. Using the sub-dominant hand, steady the small cup of strawberry cream cheese while using the dominant hand to dip the musical themed spreader in the small cup and scoop out a “glob” of strawberry cream cheese.

20. With the sub-dominant hand, hold the whole wheat bread/paper plate while spreading the strawberry cream cheese on the whole wheat bread with the musical themed spreader in the dominant hand.

21. Continue to repeat steps #20 and #21 until the desired amount of strawberry cream cheese in on the whole wheat bread.

22. Using the dominant hand, return the musical themed spreader back down to the paper towel (to right of paper plate).

23. Stand up.

24. Using both hands, pick up the paper plate holding the whole wheat bread with strawberry cream cheese and walk over to the snack table.

25. Slowly eat the whole wheat bread, which is musically themed and shaped and topped with strawberry cream cheese.

26. Return to the food preparation table to begin clean up.

27. Discard of any scraps in the trash can, including the plastic sandwich bag.

28. Place the musical themed spreader and musical themed cookie cutter in the sink to be washed later by the teacher.

29. Replenish the tray with a clean musical themed spreader, musical themed cookie cutter, sandwich bag with whole wheat bread and small cup of strawberry cream cheese, paper plate, paper towel, and scrap container.

30. Fold in all four corners of paper towel.

31. Discard of paper towel into the trash can.

32. Return the tray to the proper shelf in the practical life area.

Control of Error

The musical themed cookie cutter does not completely go through the whole wheat bread.

The strawberry cream cheese is not on the whole wheat bread.

Whole wheat bread crumbs have fallen to outside of the paper towel.

Points of Interest

The act of using the musical themed cookie cutter.

The act of using the musical themed spreader.

The shape the whole wheat bread becomes after using the musical themed cookie cutter.

The color (and taste!) of the cream cheese.

The act of eating the whole wheat bread and strawberry cream cheese.

Purposes

Development of coordination, order, concentration, and independence.

Development of self-esteem and confidence.

Development of the ability to cut the whole wheat bread with the musical themed cookie cutter.

Development of the ability to spread the strawberry cream cheese with the musical themed spreader.