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31 Days Challenge- Day 20: Let your Kids Play with their Food!

20 January 2012

Admittedly, my kids could probably work on better table manners.

I probably let my kids eat with their fingers a little too much... we probably play with our food too often...

But, getting my kids to eat, is just not a struggle- meal times are fun- eating is fun- food is fun!

Your challenge today, is to let your kids play with their food. For some, this may be no challenge at all (if you're "Type A," it may require a little "letting go!")

Here are a few ideas:

1. Let your kids eat their entire meal with their fingers (even if it's not typically finger food.)
2. Challenge your kids to eat the whole meal with a fun utensil: chopsticks, toothpicks, tongs, pasta spoon, etc.
3. With little ones, pretend the spoon or fork is a plane or a train (oldie but goodie!)
4. Make homemade bread and homemade butter. Let them play with some of the dough as you make bread and making butter is pure "play." This would be a great way to get kids to try whole wheat bread!
5. Make homemade pretzels and let the kids practice making the pretzel shape with the dough (another great whole wheat bread baking experience.)
6. Make asparagus and let the kids "sword" fight before they eat it!
7. Have everyone pick up food and do "cheers" before eating it (we got two, two year olds to eat green beans this way!)
8. Make homemade icecream.
9. Put food on a flat plate and let the kids pretend they're dogs eating with their mouths only.
10. Give your kids a variety of foods and let them, "build." Perhaps you can challenge them to make a face, or make a tower.
11. Make homemade microwave popcorn and then play a game trying to toss pieces into a bowl.

What fun ideas do you have for "playing with your food?"


  1. Love your ideas! I am kind of lax on table manners. We LOVE to play with food at our house.

    1. Thanks Keitha... your playfulness with food definitely "shows" in all of your fun story themed meals!

  2. Great Post! I also think playing with food is a good thing...I guess that's why I love character bentos so much...they're like toys you actually get to eat!!

  3. Found you at TGIF.I'd like to invite you to share this post with our readers for Fun Stuff Fridays.

    1. Thanks Lindsi- I love your link-up and actually had linked another post, but I'll stop back and link up this one, as well.

  4. I love you blog and your out look on kiddos! super fun ideas! :)

    1. Thanks Sherri- I stopped by your blog and saw some great ideas too... I'm going to have to stop back later and "hang out" for a while!"

  5. Very cool - I love that you are encouraging good eating habits through play. Food should be fun! Eating should be fun! The asparagus spears as swords idea is a stroke of genius!

    1. Thanks Alec... I'm not sure that I can take credit for the Asparagus "swords." When you have boys in the house and you let them eat asparagus with their fingers, some things just happen organically!

  6. What fun!! We love to make creations with our food =-) Thanks for linking up to TGIF! Have a great week,
    Beth =-)


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