Need a fun summer snack or a light breakfast? Take a pretty parfait glass and help your preschooler create a simple A-B-A-B pattern as she layers strawberries and yogurt. She won’t even realize that she’s working on her ability to follow instructions and strengthening her fine motor skills at the same time!
What You Need:
- Parfait glasses
- Strawberries, washed and cored
- Plastic knife
- Cutting board
What You Do:
- Have your child start by slicing the strawberries, using the cutting board and the plastic knife.
- When she is done, it's time to start your parfait patterns. Have her spoon about an inch of yogurt into the bottom of the parfait glass.
- Encourage her to top this with a one-inch thick layer of strawberry slices.
- Next comes another layer of yogurt and another layer of strawberry slices. While your child works, discuss the A-B-A-B pattern that she's making with the ingredients.
- Now, ask her to repeat steps 2–4 in each additional parfait glass, stopping to slice more strawberries as needed.
- When she's all done, call the family into the kitchen to enjoy these picture-perfect parfaits!
Here's an idea! Make the project a bit more complex by adding another type of fruit. A can of mandarin oranges, diced kiwi, or slivers of cantaloupe will enable your child to create an A-B-C pattern with layers of yogurt, strawberries, and the additional extra.