I 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
In our fast-paced world we have quick, easy food options jockeying to take our orders, lighten our load, take the task of cooking off our plates. But whether you’re cooking from scratch or plating a ready-made meal, getting kids involved in getting food ready is a great way to add food learning and exploration into daily routines that are already happening!
When I say presentation is everything, I don’t mean you have to make everything your child eats into a cute animal or that you should add dashes, splashes and garnishes like fancy restaurants. I mean that our senses are integrated into our every experience, especially experiences with food. It’s been shown that the way food looks on our plate affects how we perceive it to taste and sound has even been shown to affect our perception of how fresh or salty a food tastes. Continue reading
It’s really hard to sit still and focus on a task when you don’t know when you’re going to be finished or what’s coming next! Continue reading
Talking to your kids matters. Babies and children are constantly learning from what they hear, especially from speech directed to them.
Language teaches us new information and it’s also how we understand and organize all of the information we already know. So if someone says that a new food feels smooth or sticky or rough, we can think back to all the other things we know are also described as smooth, sticky or rough and already know something about this new food! Continue reading