Today Ben had his first experience with trying to use a spoon. I am taking full advantage of the beautiful Florida weather to teach him messier skills outside. For spoon practice, we climbed into a plastic pool with a container of berry-flavored greek yogurt. I preloaded the spoon and touched it to his mouth so he’d understand that there was food there. He enjoyed it and sucked off all that I had added, but didn’t do a very good job of putting more yogurt on the spoon himself. Ben kept trying to put the spoon in, but couldn’t quite dip it. He got frustrated after about five minutes and we moved on.
All in all, it was a good first effort, I’d say. This summer I plan to teach spoons and cups in the pool, because it contains the mess well. And YES, I did just turn on the hose and let him have water play after. Quick and easy clean up!