Fun with Food Activities- Making Kids Food Fun
How do you create fun with food activities during meal time?
If you want kids to be interested in healthy eating you need to make
food fun and creative. There are several ways to make food appealing
to kids and encourage kids to eat their fruits and vegetables.
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Having Fun with Food Ideas
mini versions of dinner
you are making meatloaf, for example, make mini loaves or shape your
meatloaf into fun creations. I have several mini pans shaped like
stars, hearts and trees. These work great for meatloaf but you don't
have to have mini pans to create. Meatloaf will shape well and then
can be placed on a tin foil lined cookie sheet for the easiest
cleanup. Meatloaf is also a great recipe to include pureed or finely
chopped vegetables. Other mini versions could be mini meatballs,
small taco shells or mini pies.
creativity in your kids by letting
them create their dinner into a Picasso design or animal.
Use vegetables, shredded cheese, chopped nuts, cornflakes or
whatever you have that goes with your dinner.
Many times I arrange the food into a funny
depending on what we're having. For example, create
mashed potato hair or beard, meatball or hard boiled eggs for eyes
and green beans for hair. Kids love the surprise and they enjoy
being able to eat the face a little at a time.
Here are some more ideas for
creating fun with food.
- Create baked potatoes to look like animals by using vegetables
and shredded cheese.
- Make chicken or beef kabobs
into caterpillars. Use a tomato or mushroom for the
- Make homemade
pizzas and let kids decorate faces with the toppings or
making artful creations. Or cut cheese slices out with mini
cookie cutters and place on the pizza.
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on fun cookie cutters
whatever you can into fun shapes. Kids love this and it is so simple
it is worth implementing in your meals.
. Create a menu and make a "big" deal out of dinner.
Kids love to eat with their hands so try some ideas for fun
homemade taco salad bowls
or scoop out the inside of a roll for a bread
bowls for soup.
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Add an easy dip recipe
meals. Serve the dip in a fancy or small serving dish.
Try making some simple
. They can easily be made into a fun drink by
pouring in a decorative glass and top with a umbrella
toothpick or fun straw.
Try some fun picnic
ideas and recipes.
Picnics are a great way for kids to get
involved packing and preparing.
Let kids create vegetable platters
or fruit platters
to serve with dinner. Let them decide on
how to arrange them. You'll might be surprised what they come up
with. I was!
Using fruit kids already love and changing it a little to suit a
theme or holiday is a simple way to make food fun.
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Making Fun with Food by Color
A variety of colors gets kids attention so make sure you have a colorful food plate.
foods that look good together is a big part of making food
appealing. It may be something many people don't think about but if
you make the plate of food look appetizing kids will be more
interested in eating it.
Find out what
color has to do with making food appealing?
This goes for yummy food on the plate as well as colorful and
exciting food. Serve a balance of different colored foods to your
family. Seeing one color on the plate isn't going to get anyone to
eat their dinner.
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