Have a snack with the child including water in a small pitcher along with a cup. Have soft and hard snacks in a wrapper or small baggie. Observe the child’s drinking and chewing.
Ask the child to pour drinks for everyone and serve the snacks. If the snacks are in sealed wrappers, the adult should unseal one end for the child. Enjoy the snacks!
The child adjusts the chew and food movement to match the texture.
Involve children in food preparation for meals. Children can help wash food and put it in a container for serving. Encourage early childhood educators and parents to have a small pitcher so the child can help pour and serve drinks. Let children help open packages of food. Children are more interested in eating food they have helped prepare and serve.
North Carolina Department of Public Instruction, 2015
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