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

Monday Funday: Sushi Play!

sushi playI 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!

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Make Hearts Out Of Anything And Everything!

food heart collageIt’s Valentines week and no matter how you feel about the holiday, I believe everyone could use a little extra love–always! To add some easy, extra love to your food play, all you need is a heart-shaped cookie cutter to make almost any food into hearts. Below are lots of ideas to get you started! Continue reading

Read A Food Book To Learn About New Foods!

Animal Alphabet Children's BookLearning about food can happen throughout the day in all experiences and a food book is the perfect way to learn about food anywhere, anytime!  My promotional food play book arrived this weekend which made me think about all of the amazing children’s books out there that can help your child learn about food!

And, now the Animal Alphabet food art e-book is FREE for you in the Resource Library! Sign up here to get access to the Animal Alphabet and all of the resources in the Free Resource Library! 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

Thursday Tips: Ginger Tea To Stay Warm And Healthy!

Rudolph with Ginger Antlers Ginger is good for our bodies in so many ways and because of its immune-boosting properties, its perfect to help give our bodies the support they need to stay healthy through the rest of this holiday season and into the new year! Ginger and lemon also have very strong, distinct aromas and are great foods to explore to stimulate our sense of smell. So, for our Thursday Tip on this Christmas Eve I want to share with you a ginger tea recipe adapted from an ayurvedic tea served at Miraval Resort and Spa that my family loves and helps keep them healthy all winter long!  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

Senses Series: Our Vestibular Sense And The Balance Of Eating

chocolate girl on a swingFeeling balanced at the table is the first step to being able to focus on, learn about and try new foods and our sense of balance is provided by our vestibular system. This system, connected to our inner ear, tells us whether we’re sitting upright, hanging upside down on the monkey bars, going up in an elevator, moving forward in a car or swinging on a swing. Continue reading