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Kid O Cutting Fruit Learning Fractions
( Kid O $21 Score: )

A small cloth shopping bag comes loaded with an orange that cuts into halves, a pear in thirds, and an apple in quarters. Made of sleek bright plastic, the set includes a special knife that is not sharp, but will cut the sections apart. The pieces are internally magnetized - so there are no safety issues with magnets coming out. These playing pieces are going to be used first and foremost for pretend play. Using a knife is one of those "grown-up" things kids cannot do in reality, so this adds to the play appeal. It is also a hands-on way for kids to explore fractions and give meaning to the concepts of half, thirds, quarters.

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Learning how to handle a knife begins with this kind of safe play. This cut-up fruit set is one of those toys that gives children a chance to try on real tools without the danger of a real blade. It's also a good opportunity to use the language of fractions, giving meaning to the concepts in a concreate way. To extend this experience, use the fraction words when you are making a sandwich and cut it into halves or quarters. Use the word quarters as you cut a slice of cheese in four andplace them on four small crakers. For more practice with knives, have kids use a butter spreader to cut up a banana or to spread jam on crackers. Trying on more grown up skills with safe tools is a satisfying way to build confidence and competence.

Age: Preschool, Early School Years. Review Published:

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