Chopstick pickup

During this multicultural activity preschool children will use eye-hand coordination and fine motor skills.

You will need enough pairs of chop sticks for everyone in the small group, and lots of large cotton balls.

Explain to a small group of preschoolers that not everyone eats with forks and spoons. Introduce the chop sticks and tell children they are used for eating. Let the children help put the cotton balls (pretend food) on their paper plates and ask them how they could use the chop sticks to pick up the pretend food.

Let the children experiment with ways to pick up the cotton balls, then demonstrate how they might pick up the pretend food. Give children lots of time to try this new skill.

They might also like the book: How My Parents Learned To Eat by Ina R. Friedman

This idea came from http://www.preschoolrainbow.org/multicultural.htm