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  • Ask the child to identify each food and to categorize it by the basic food groups: meat, dairy, grain, or fruits and vegetables.

  • Ask the child to make you a sandwich. Specify the kind of sandwich you would like and list the order in which the sandwich should be made.

  • Place the foods in a row. With the child, count the number of foods. Repeat the activity until the child is able to count them independently.

  • Ask the child to place the slices of the sandwich bread together to form a small loaf. Ask him/her to use the knife to cut the slices apart. Explain that the bread was cut into four equal slices. Each slice is one quarter of the loaf.

  • Place four or more foods in front of the child. Let him/her study them before asking the child to close his/her eyes while you remove one piece. Ask the child to identify which piece was removed.