Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Playing With Our Food. Fun Snacks for Kids!

I have been trying to replace all of the junk our kids eat around here with some healthier snacks and so far, I have to admit...I have been successful. I found that the key to healthier eating with children is A. Let them make their own choices and B. Let them have fun.  So that is what we have been doing. We have been playing with our food!  I know, I know. It goes against everything we were taught as children. If I had a dollar for everytime I heard my Mom say, "Stop playing with your food and eat!" I would be a rich woman right now. Heck, I have even said it to my own kids a million times! LOL 

I love a fun snack for kids so yesterday we made cars out of apple slices and grapes!  All you have to do is slice the apples to make the car and then cut grapes into slices for the wheels! You can do this with different colored apples and grapes and it makes it even more fun!  I gave the kids each a spoonful of peanut butter on their plates and a little pile of raisins as well and they used it to paint and decorate their cars. 


I have to say. Since I have been letting the kids have a little fun with their snacks, they have been reaching for healthier choices and have almost stopped asking for the other stuff. I have been keeping the pantry and fridge stocked with all kinds of fresh fruits and other healthy choices and those are what our kids have been going for. I might finally be on to something!

Do you let your kiddos play with their food?



12 comments:

Ellen said...

What a cute idea. I loved making food fun for the kids when they were little.

Mama to 4 said...

that is adorable! My 4 year old would love that! Thank you for sharing! I need to get more creative with food for my picky eaters!

Julie said...

I have seen this before! Such a cute idea!!! Creativity really does help make this kids get "into" their food:)

Erika said...

That's cute! Good idea!

Shari Lynne @ www.faithfilledfoodformoms.com said...

Yes I think kids will definately eat more healthy when able to play with it..a little:)
BLessings

Two Little Cavaliers said...

How cute! What a fun and super healthy snack.

Mommy and Me Giveaways said...

That is cute, fun and healthy! Thanks for sharing

MJ said...

Such a cute idea, I can see where children would be more likely to eat the food if they are having fun with it

Beth said...

that's cute..I used to play with my food so I didn't have to eat it now I am facing that battle with my own kids. Here from The Grand Event, alexa hop

Trisha said...

That is such a cute idea! Thanks for sharing!

Daveys Mommy said...

Such a cute idea! Thanks for sharing!
Carrie

Misty said...

Do you get on pinterest? There are a ton go great ideas like these! Excited to try them with lily when she ets older

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