Thursday Tips: The Best (Guilt-free) Mealtime Advice Ever!

broccoli food face, guilt-free mealtimes

Once, at a therapy visit in a family’s home, a nutritionist I worked with laid out mealtime responsibilities so perfectly that I find myself sharing her simple wisdom almost daily. Here it is:  Continue reading

Learn To Love Food Has Moved!

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You guys!!! All of the fun, food activities and feeding tips you love are still available at learntolovefood.com, but the website has moved to a new host. That’s going to make it possible to offer food fun and information in all sorts of new ways  (spoiler: I’m SUPER excited to start building a library of resources for you all)!!!

Figuring out all of these changes is taking a whole lot of coffee and a whole lot of love, but I truly believe they’re going to be so worth it!

The move also means that you may need to re-subscribe by clicking the button in the right-hand column or typing in your e-mail address to continue receiving updates on posts and all the fun new developments.

I hope you’ll re-subscribe and continue to play and learn with us! You can also follow and join the food fun on twitter, facebook, instagram or pinterest!

Love, love, love (coffee!) and happy food play!

Create Positive Memories To Help Kids Try New Foods!

Create Positive Memories To Help Kids Try New Foods

Negative memories or associations with smells or tastes can keep us from trying foods and make us immediately say “I don’t like it.” The way to reverse that instinct (and it is a hard-wired instinct that helps to keep our bodies safe) is to create positive memories and associations with foods.

We create positive memories during positive play, when we’re having fun, feeling calm, relaxed and joyful, and we try new things when we’re curious rather than fearful. The point of this kind of positive play is to gain a comfort level with foods on different sensory levels and to connect the sensations of foods to positive feelings.

Below are 4 ways to create positive memories with food play to help kids try new foods. Enjoy! Continue reading

Senses Series: What We Feel When We Touch Food

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Our sense of touch gives us a lot of information that informs how we act and eat. We ‘get a feel’ for something. We ‘feel things out,’ then decide how to proceed.  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

Senses Series: How Smell Makes Us Love Or Hate Foods

Wake up and smell the chocolate food art food faceOur sense of smell triggers visceral, gut reactions. On a basic, sensory level we experience smells as good or bad. We want to move towards smells or away from them.  Even our English words for smells evoke this dichotomy. They can be pleasant aromas or noxious odors. Continue reading