The Toddler 1 students recently began food preparation as a Practical Life activity. At school and at home it is a wonderful way to give Toddlers responsibilities that are fun, exciting and purposeful. The apple cutting work requires many steps and quite a bit of patience. First, the students wash their hands and retrieve an apron to wear and a placemat for the table. Next they take the food prep tray over to the table and walk over to a teacher with a small bowl to be filled with apples. Then the students sit at the table, remove the apples from the bowl, place them on a cutting board and begin to chop and slice. After preparation, they eat their apples, put their plates in the dirty dish bin and return the tray to the shelf for the next student to use. This important work grows and strengthens concentration, coordination, order, independence and confidence.