Many children struggle with sensory issues and food is a big part of that (tactile avoidance can often show up by children wanting to avoid certain textures in their mouth). Others might be behind a bit in the sensory-motor skills that involve chewing and swallowing food. There are also 80 other reasons for food to be something that causes some parents to cringe. Perhaps your child was not fed well at an early age, has a medical issue, sees food as a battle for control when they are afraid. Many of these things can get better with help and time, but for the parent who struggles every night at the dinner table, this post if for you!
|Mom's very literal interpretation of flowers and a sun...My kids were much more creative, see below!|
|She calls it, "Dinosaur Footprints"! Cannot get over how creative my kids are sometimes (obviously more so than their mama!)|
|Abstract Masterpieces ;)|
|The Best Part! Stuffing those sweet cheeks with works of art:)|
Ideas for playing with food
Have a variety of textures (mushy, crunchy, dry, wet), sizes (can cut in different sizes or use different sized foods), and colors of foods.
Here are some ideas for different foods that might be fun.
- berries, raspberry, blueberries, strawberries, halved
- pears, apples, larger hard fruits
- leafy greens like spinach or kale
- avocados cut in long and short slices
- cauliflower comes in white, orange, green, and purple at some markets, or broccoli
- larger nuts like almonds, pistachios, macadamias, cashews
- smaller seeds or nuts like hemp hearts or chia seeds
- dried fruit
- sauces like hummus, guacamole, dips
- TOOTHPICKS! (this made it much more fun, especially with building structures with the grapes!)
Happy Playing With Food!