# Make a Sequence Sandwich! Activity

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Updated on Jun 18, 2014

Does your child realize all the complicated sequences that go into making a simple PB&J sandwich? Probably not. But organizing things into a comprehensible sequence is not only a skill set for the kitchen: it also helps with writing, critical thinking, math, and science. Help your child take a bite out of sequencing with this fun activity that will have him deciphering directions for sandwich making—and learning about sequence along the way!

### What You Need:

• Peanut butter
• Jelly
• Butter knife
• Plate
• Pen
• Paper

### What You Do:

1. Gather all the components needed for making a peanut butter and jelly sandwich; bread, peanut butter, jelly, knife, and plate.
2. Tell your child that you are going to read him the directions for making a sandwich, but that they will be all mixed up. He will have to write them down and decipher them! Here's the mixed up sequence to dictate out loud:
• Dip the knife into the jelly jar.
• Eat.
• Close the sandwich.
• Dip the knife into the peanut butter jar.
• Put them on a plate.
• Get out a plate and butter knife and put them on the counter.
• Get out the jelly and peanut butter jars and put them on the counter.
• Pick up a butter knife with your right hand.
• Put away the jelly and peanut butter.
1. After your child has written the mixed up sequence down, have him rearrange the order so that it makes sense. Now have him begin dictating the directions to you.
2. Your child should tell you, in precise order, how to make the sandwich, step by step. As he talks (ask him to go slowly) begin to build the sandwich. You can only do exactly what he says. If your child says, “put the peanut butter on the bread,” pick up the closed peanut butter jar and try to shake it on the closed bread bag. It may sound silly but it demonstrates that the proper order is necessary for you to understand. Your child must start from the beginning and include lots of detail.

3. Here's the key to what the rearranged sequence should look like (some things, like whether peanut butter goes before jelly, are negotiable):

• Get out the jelly and peanut butter jars and put them on the counter.
• Get out a plate and butter knife and put them on the counter.