By Guest Blogger: Home Made Mumma
By way of brief introduction I am a North Brisbane mum of one, 18 month old ‘Geekling’. I work full time and try to cram as much fun and learning into evenings and weekends as possible. Many of our activities are inspired by the Montessori method and use items we already have around the house or are very inexpensive. I run my own blog http://homemademumma.blogspot.com/ which is features our activities and adventures as well as lots of bad camera phone photos.
Have you got a fussy eater, or just want to inject a bit more fun into your mealtimes? Here is some of the fun we have with food, although I still can’t claim Geekling is a big fan of vegetables!
Muffin Tin Meals
We serve Geekling dinner in a six-hole muffin tin at least once a week, and try to challenge ourselves to fill at least one hole with something he has never eaten before.
For some amazingly creative Muffin Tin Meals see Muffin Tin Mom’s blog at http://michellesjournalcorner.blogspot.com/.
Secret Banana Messages
Try scratching messages to your school age kids into the skin of a banana and watch as it slowly darkens to reveal the secret message!
This is how we serve our apples, using a device that simultaneously peels, cores and slices an apple into one long slinky. You and do the same with pears, and potatoes to make home made spiral fries.
Grow your own
You’ll be amazed how eager kids can be to eat something they have planted, watered and watched grow. There are also a number of varieties of heirloom vegetables in fun alternate colours to what you’d usually buy in the shops – think red, purple, yellow and white carrots, rainbow silverbeet, variegated foliage, a myriad of tomato colours, yellow or candy striped beetroot and more! For beginners try starting with fast growing seeds like cress and radish, or plant advanced seedlings.
We like to make faces with our food – spread water crackers, rice crackers or bread with peanut butter, cream cheese or other spread and decorate into faces, animals and more. Sultanas and olive slices make great eyes, capsicum, tomato or strawberry makes a nice red mouth and for hair try grated carrot, grated cheese or alfalfa sprouts – these are just suggestions, you are limited only by your imagination!
Use cookie cutters on your sandwiches to make fun shapes.
Check out Cute Food For Kids for some great and simple ideas for carving cheeses, hotdogs and more: http://www.cutefoodforkids.com/