We have also been having the kids butter their own bread... after a few months they're actually getting the butter on the bread rather than eating it right off the butter knife! Be sure to have the butter at room temperature to help the process.
Painting with watercolors inspires a gentle approach in art class and helps develop creative thinking, reinforcing their ability to engage with the world in new and novel ways. Watercolor painting involves using a small brush which supports pincer grasp development... this aids in their long-term ability to write, manipulate tools and perform other small movement based tasks essential to every day life.
The kids use tongs to serve their tomato salad at lunch and practice pouring skills with cornmeal.