Kids are crazy. Fun. Amazing. Smart. Wonderous. But crazy. Their sleep habits seem to change with the wind. They’ll eat things off the floor but refuse perfectly good food on their plate and they somehow manage to make meal times less enjoyable. There are definitely ways to help your baby or toddler become a good eater – and by good I mean not picky. There are also ways to make meal time more fun. Ways that don’t add up to too much extra effort from you, but may pay off in more food eaten. A win all around if you ask me.
5 Ways to Make Lunchtime for your Toddler More Fun (and maybe encourage your little one to try new things)…
Serve it up in something new. Muffin tins, lunch boxes, cups, whatever you can fit food in and your toddler can easily and safely get their food out of is open for use. Sometimes serving lunch in something out of the ordinary can make whatever it is your serving more enjoyable.
Shape it any way you – or they – like it. Use small cookie cutters to make fruits and veggies in to fanciful shapes. Or put your knife to work and make take that pb&j to the next level by asking your child what shape they want their sandwich cut into. Triangles, rectangles, squares, strips? They’ll enjoy the power you’ve handed them and you’ll enjoy their excitement over their regular old sandwich.
Construction work in progress. Sometimes just putting all the pieces on a plate to let little hands do the contruction will win you “Lunch of the Year” honors from your toddler. Kids love to be in charge of their food. Even if you set pre-cut pieces of bread, lunch meat and cheese on a tray they’ll have a blast “making” their lunch. Remember the craze that was the Lunchable in the 90’s? Enough said.
Deconstruct things. A hot dog is fine. A deconstructed hot dog is fun. A pice of pizza is okay. All the pieces of a piece of pizza loaded onto a skewer is awesome. Rethink how your build your toddler’s lunch and keep them on their toes. Giving them a new way to eat a meal will score you points and will possibily allow you to sneak in something new and fun too.
Take it on the go. Seriously. Pack up your lunch, get out and go somewhere fun. If you need a suggestion we have lots of fun places for you to check out. Just pack up your lunch and have and adventure.
What is your favorite way to make lunch fun?