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Spreading With a Butter-Knife

“Spreadin’ Yourself Thin”


  • Frost a cake, cupcake or even cookies.
  • Spread peanut butter or jelly on a cracker.
  • Spread cream cheese or butter on toast or a bagel.
  • Stand behind your child.  Place the knife in your child’s hand and then place the knife in the food that you will be spreading.
  • Show your child how to hold the food (e.g., toast, bagel, etc.) in one hand while using the other hand to hold the knife and spread topping.
  • Assist then fade prompts until your child can spread with a knife independently.