One great way to get picky eaters to try new foods is to let them create works of edible art!
First, go to the grocery store with children in tow. Let them pick out some fruits and vegetables, and encourage them to try something new. (What's an ugli fruit? What about a pomegranate? Is Jicama a fruit or a vegetable and does it taste good?! -- There are so many fun things to try!)
Try to choose fruits and vegetables that are in season. (TIP: Usually what's in season is also on sale)
Items you'll need:
Various fruits and/or vegetables
Peanut butter or SunButter (if you have a peanut allergy)
Raisins, googly eyes (get this at the craft store), blueberries, cranberries, or any small fruit, berry, or vegetable
Cut up the fruits and vegetables you are using. Keep some items large. Spread out the food on the table with the other ingredients and invite the children to the table. Explain to the children that they can actually PLAY with their food! Using the toothpicks and adhesive (peanut butter or SunButter), create monsters, sculptures, and whatever they can imagine with the food. While they are working, talk about where and how each food grows. (This is especially fun if you purchased tropical fruits! Do you know how pineapples grow, for instance? Have Google nearby!) Use the small fruit or googly eyes to make the creature really come to life! When they are satisfied with their work of art, they can eat it! Picky eaters will be more excited to try their creation!
Leftover creatures and structures can be placed in an airtight container and enjoyed the next day.
p.s. Check out these snack creations from our recent party!
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