When we take something out of context we can start to see it in a whole new light. This isn’t to say that you can put some cauliflower or broccoli in an ice cream cone and it’s going to magically taste like ice cream and your child will start gobbling it up. You might get a look like ‘that doesn’t belong there!’ Maybe you’ll get a giggle. You’ll definitely get a chance to explore and play with broccoli or cauliflower in a whole new way! Continue reading
Peas are a great green veggie for kids to explore! They’re perfect for little fingers to pinch and pick up and there are infinite ways to play with them to become comfortable enough to gobble them up, too! Below are 3 fun ways to play with peas to get your imagination going. Continue reading
Spring has sprung here in Austin! Fig leaves are unfurling. Tight pomegranate buds are almost ready to bloom and mint is taking over my herb garden with a burst of early strength. Continue reading
I was recently asked to come up with food play activities that could help kids learn to like sushi. I had so much fun coming up with ideas that I want to share them with you all for today’s Monday Funday!
When I think about introducing a specific new food, I find it helpful to come up with activities within the main categories of food play: building, deconstructing, making a picture, pretend play, games and cooking. Below are some ideas in each category to help your child learn about sushi!
When we mush a food with a utensil or with our fingers we get a lot of information about the food’s texture, temperature, smell, feel and how we might expect this food to break apart in our mouths. This is all really valuable information for a hesitant eater who may be scared to try something because of these sensory unknowns. Continue reading
Everything pops up pumpkin this time of year from lattes to pancakes to pie. With it’s amazingly delicious versatility, there’s bound to be a way for every food explorer to learn about how we get pumpkin foods from pumpkins! Continue reading
This is how one of my clients would end Eric Carle’s The Very Hungry Caterpillar: Then, BAM, it was a beautiful butterfly! I still say it to myself every time I finish the book! The enthusiasm and excitement of the BAM are perfectly fitting for the transformation of the caterpillar into a beautiful butterfly, and I believe the same enthusiasm and excitement are warranted every time we experience food, especially when we make a beautiful butterfly! 😉
I don’t know how vanilla got such a bad rep for being plain and boring. My kitchen and hands smelled amazing for the whole day after making this vampire bat!
Oranges are a great food to explore with kids and scoring the peel into sections and peeling them off (just like I started to for this octopus) is a great way to start exploring!
Mango is one of the most delicious fruits. Sweet and juicy, it’s also high in fiber, so your body can handle all of that sweet deliciousness!