Texture is often the primary reason we choose or refuse foods. We may crave the way something feels in our mouth and, though we like the taste, it’s not our primary reason for wanting it. Or we hate the way something feels in our mouths and even if we loved the taste we still wouldn’t put it in our mouths because of it’s texture. Kids are the same way. We want them to taste foods to see if they like them, but during those tastes kids are also deciding if they like the way the food feels and that may be their primary reason for choosing or refusing it when they see it again. Continue reading
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
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
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
Bland, soft and easy to chew, noodles are considered a mechanical soft food and are often an early favorite. Udon noodles have a slightly different shape, texture and flavor than spaghetti, but you can play with them in the same ways! You could make a unicorn like the one above or have fun with any sort of sensory play!
Fresh, in season tomatoes are one of great joys of summer abundance! I have always been a huge fan of tomatoes, but it’s one of the first foods I remember my friends not liking as a kid.
Fettuccine is so bendy it can be anything which makes it great for open-ended, pretend play! Continue reading
This donut dog gave me such a fun excuse to buy donuts, which I think is OK once in a while. Sometimes the not-so-good-for-you snacks are a fun treat! Continue reading