It can sometimes be a struggle to get your children to eat their vegetables and healthy eating takes time to learn. It is important to be patient and persistent, but in order to avoid creating negative relationships with the food, it is also important to not to force them into eating foods they avoid. Before you get frustrated and throw in the towel, try some of these tips for making food fun for kids.
5 Tips to Make Food Fun For Kids:
- Create pictures with food – give food faces by cutting up vegetables, or better yet, give your child the cut up veggies and have them create pictures with the food
- Use fun shapes – grab a cookie cutter or knife and get creative, cut carrots into stars or sandwiches into hearts
- Make a game out of it – challenge them to eat the whole rainbow of colours on their plate or use silly names for food to make it more child-friendly; broccoli can become a tree and your child the giraffe or dinosaur
- Serve it up differently – sliced veggies and fruit not going over well? Try making them into kebabs, using dip options like yogurt for the fruit and hummus for the veggies can keep it fun and interesting
- Get them involved – involving children in food selection and preparation can be just what they need to have a little fun with mealtime
On Sunday August 4 our POP Club kids will be having fun as they get involved in food selection and preparation as they make greek salad. Learn more about the POP Club here and visit us at the market to register.
The POP Club is a farmer’s market-based kids program. Children (ages 5 – 12 years old) will learn about fruits and vegetables, local food systems and healthy food preparation through fun activities all season long.
Each week children will earn a $3 market token to use towards any fruit or vegetable of their choice. There is no cost to participate and the program runs every Sunday rain or shine!