Help Picky Eaters Explore New Foods!

help picky eaters explore new foodsI love the word explore because exploring requires curiosity. When we get curious we put fear aside and approach something with a playful attitude, willing to try something new. This is exactly the attitude we want picky eaters to have when approaching new foods. We say, “I don’t know much about this food. And that’s ok. Let’s learn about it. What happens if I do this?” We start asking questions, exploring and learning!  Continue reading

Give Green Peas A Chance–3 Fun Ways To Play!

Give Peas A Chance

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

3 Fun Ways To Play With Potatoes!

potato pyramidPotatoes are a staple in my house. With so many varieties and infinite ways to prepare them, their warm, earthy goodness is always satisfying.  Below are 3 fun ways to play with potatoes to help your kids learn to love them, too! Continue reading

Monday Funday: 3 Fun Ways To Play With Peels!

orange peel clown food artBefore you throw your fruit and veggie scraps away, let your child play! The scraps of peel and ends of fruits and veggies we throw in the compost or trash offer wonderful sensory opportunities to learn about and explore how different foods feel and smell.  So, the next time your child’s in the kitchen while you’re making dinner you could set them up with one of the food play activities below without wasting any food that would go on the table. Continue reading

And A Pear Partridge In A Spinach Pear Tree!

pear partridge in a spinach pear tree

I love singing songs and making up words to get kids involved in food play activities and make exploring food more fun. And this time of year, with holiday songs blasting everywhere, I can’t help but make up my own words to seasonal tunes (like the 12 Days Of Christmas) that get stuck in my head!   So, why not have fun making this pear partridge in a spinach pear tree and making up your own words to the 12 Days Of Christmas? Continue reading

Monday Funday: It’s a Grapefruit Flamingo!!

grapefruit flamingo, blackberry beak, Rosemary legsI love grapefruit, but it can be frustrating to get nice, juicy segments out of all the sour pith. A few years ago, I came across a way to cut those segments out of a grapefruit leaving all pith behind! Then you can use the segments for a beautiful green salad, a fruit salad, food play or just gobble them up by themselves! Continue reading

Monday Funday: Citrus Goldfish Love

citrus goldfish apple heart blackberry eyesOranges are like much-needed sunshine to me in winter! Their bright color and sweet juiciness are exactly what I need to brighten my mood on short, dark days. I made these goldfish out of orange slices and gave them blackberry eyes, but you could play with whatever citrus fruits you have in the back of your produce drawer. They’re all fun to explore and have amazing immune-boosting nutrition to keep kids healthy through the winter! Continue reading