Observe the child during mealtime.
Provide a child-sized knife and fork. Serve cooked vegetables or a similar soft meat or fruit.
The child curls fingers around the fork and stabs the food.
Rather than offering only one utensil, provide all utensils in a child-sized version and encourage appropriate use. Children learn which utensils are appropriate for which foods and how to combine tools (a fork and knife) by trial-and-error Rather than automatically cutting foods into bite-sized pieces, adults should demonstrate cutting and let the child try.
North Carolina Department of Public Instruction, 2015
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