Having lunch independently may also be new to your child. If they will be having hot dinners, practise using a knife, fork and spoon. Children having school dinners need to be able to use a full-sized knife and fork and carry a plate or tray. If they are taking a packed lunch, practise opening the packets and containers of food they will be taking. Encourage them to help choose and make their lunches. Maybe they could use their new school lunchbox and water bottle for lunch at home? This would enable them to practise opening their food and learn about their likes and dislikes and suitable items for school lunches.
Since we offer fruit as a snack during the day, why not try to encourage your child to try a range of different fruit? They can also practise peeling bananas and oranges.