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Peanut Butter and Jelly Swirls

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This fun snack-tivity will not only introduce preschoolers to making food for themselves, but also help them develop fine-motor skills. Check out more activities like this one from GIANT Encyclopedia of Preschool Activities for 3-Year-Olds


  • Bread
  • Serrated knife (adult only)
  • Rolling pin
  • Creamy peanut butter
  • Grape or strawberry jelly
  • Plastic knife

What To Do

  1. Cut off the crusts of the bread using a serrated knife (adult only).
  2. Give each child a slice of crustless bread.
  3. Demonstrate how to use a rolling pin to roll the bread flat.
  4. Encourage the children to use a plastic knife to spread a thin layer of peanut butter on the bread, followed by a thin layer of jelly.
  5. Help the child roll up the bread, jelly roll style. Use the serrated knife to cut each child's roll into approximately five slices (adult only).
  6. Enjoy at snack time.

Book: GIANT Encyclopedia of Preschool Activities for 3-Year-Olds
Center: Cooking
Topic: Food
Content: Self Help
Area: Fine Motor
Age: 3 through 4 Years Old
Interaction: Large Group

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