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
Mr. Potato Head is a classic! It’s a toy that can teach lots of developmental skills like learning body parts, spacial awareness, fine motor skills and pretend play, to name a few. And, if you make a Mr. Potato Head out of a real potato with real food parts, you can add positive food learning to that list! 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!
Potatoes 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
A teeny, tiny tea party is a really fun way to merge pretend play with food play. When we make anything smaller it’s less overwhelming and when we add silly language and delicious foods we have a fun, pretend play activity where kids can learn about new foods and drinks with lots of opportunities for tasting and no stress or pressure to eat. Continue reading
It’s that time of year in the northern hemisphere when kids dream of snow and sledding! Even if it isn’t likely to snow outside your windows, you can have fun making and playing in a winter wonderland on your plate or food play mat! Continue reading
Making up stories and acting them out is a big part of imaginative play kids do every day. When you bring that pretend play to the table and let kids act out stories with food, the food play that ensues creates fun, positive experiences with foods and gives kids the opportunity to explore foods (and maybe even take a taste!) without the pressures of mealtimes. Continue reading
These meringue ghosts were so much fun to make! I started out trying to keep the pastry bag (and my hands) clean and wiped, but that idea soon went out the window and I settled for keeping meringue out of my hair and off of the cabinets. So many opportunities for sensory play with this cooking activity! Continue reading