Who says you shouldn’t play with your food?
Allowing food exploration through play is a great way to broaden your child’s food preferences. If your child is more comfortable touching, smelling, and feeling the food he/she is more likely to EAT the food. So, try some of our fun ideas….
Use yogurt as the “paint” & a carrot as the “paintbrush”. Have them make shapes, letters & designs!
Smash green beans to find the “prize” inside to eat (the pea)
Cut foods into fun shapes with cookie cutters~ sandwiches, pancakes, pizza
Pretend pudding is lipstick & allow child to apply with their finger
Allow plenty of time for your child to explore both with their fingers and utensils. Like any other developmental milestone, feeding skills take time to develop. It’s OK if they get messy!
Allow your child the time to touch, squish/squash & smoosh their food. Mom & Dad need to have fun too! Model the behavior. When your child sees you having fun and eating food then they will do the same!