Peanut Butter Banana Time

Peanut Butter Banana Time
Photo by: Alissa age 5

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With her Dad's help, Bailey learns how to make a new, tasty sandwich.

5 minutes
24 - 60 months
Group size
1 - 8 tots


When six-year-old Bailey woke up, it was with a big grin on his face. It was "Take Your Kids to Work Day", and Dad had promised he could come to the office this year!

Bailey ran downstairs to the kitchen, where Dad was making lunch. “Dad! How do I get ready to go to work?”

Dad pointed to the lunch bag on the counter. “First you gotta make some lunch. What do you want to take today?”

“Peanut butter and jelly!” Bailey said. He knew how to make that. He opened the refrigerator – but there was no jelly.

“It’s okay,” Dad said, “I’ll show you how to make a peanut butter and banana sandwich.”

Dad sliced the end off a banana and gave it to Bailey to peel. Bailey pulled off three big strips of banana peel and threw them in the compost bucket. Next, Bailey got out two pieces of bread and a butter knife for spreading. Dad got the peanut butter out of the top cupboard and Bailey scooped some out, smearing it onto both sides of the bread.

“Let’s slice the banana,” Dad said. Bailey set the peeled banana on the chopping board and carefully used the thin edge of the knife to cut the banana into slices. He arranged most of them on one side of the bread, and popped a few in his mouth in between.

“That’s it!” Dad said.

“Not quite,” said Bailey. He used the knife to cut the sandwich in half. “Okay! Now that’s it.”

Bailey put the sandwich into a small plastic bag and Dad zipped it while Bailey ran upstairs to get dressed. He put on a blue button-up shirt and his nicest pair of khaki pants. When he went back downstairs, he put on a fancy jacket.

Mom, who had the day off, came out in her bathrobe to kiss them both goodbye.

“Look at me, Mom!” Bailey said proudly. “I made my own lunch, and now I’m off to work just like Dad!” Carrying the lunch bag and straightening his jacket, he felt six feet tall – just like Dad.

Developmental skills