Sam Can Feed Himself!
Sam is 16 months old. He is a very busy guy! Like other toddlers his age, Sam is striving to be independent. He wants to do more things for himself. One thing he loves to do is feed himself.
Sam’s mom expects mealtime to be messy. She knows a lot of learning takes place in the messes. Sam enjoys exploring and eating different foods with his fingers. Sam has learned that bananas smell good and are mushy. He has discovered that Cheerios and graham crackers feel rough and hard. Sam can feed himself!
Sam knows that applesauce is cold and can be eaten with a spoon. Mashed potatoes and oatmeal are warm and stick well to a spoon. Sam likes to use his spoon and fork. He can feed himself!
Sam’s mom knows that toddlers learn by doing. They grow and develop by exploring and trying new things. Sam’s mom wants Sam to be a bright and healthy boy. She lets him do as many things as he can for himself, as long as he is safe.