Toddler Meltdowns and Tantrums About Food Explained Using The Emotion Plan, A Book and Bananas

When a toddler tantrum is in full swing about food, it’s easy to jump into “fix it… and fix it now” mode. My daughter has definitely had this exact same tantrum about bananas and opening them and them breaking and… my help. I even detailed the tantrum event in my post on helping fussy eaters […]

Easy Pineapple Crumble

I made this pineapple crumble AND it comes with a printable teacher appreciation card. (Get the card I designed for free on Gift Grapevine. Get all the instructions for making a unique and heartfelt end-of-year teacher / coach / babysitter appreciation gift. We thought it would be a cool idea to wrap the gift up […]

What’s A Gruffalo? {Food Play Routine to Help Picky Eaters}

Join us as we travel into a deep dark wood. We meet a mouse with a nut that looks good. We step into the turned-out toes of the gruffalo and see what foods he can learn about. This is a bit of a “behind the scenes” look at one of my popular lesson plans for […]

Mouth Pain (Teething) and Fussy Eating Behaviours

Pain in the mouth area comes in many forms for kids – From teething to wobbly teeth. From mouth ulcers to scratches on the roof of their mouth. From a burnt tongue to a swollen bitten inside cheek. Kids have a host of root causes for mouth pain even before dental issues, sickness or accidents (like falling and […]

Painting kids clothes using acrylic paints and a fruit theme

How to turn a paint-ruined shirt into a wearable fruit-inspired artwork. Alternatively, you may like to argue we turned it into an even more paint-ruined shirt. 🙂 Either way, this is a picture based tutorial about painting kids clothes with acrylic paint. It was such a fun kids craft activity for us to increase non-mealtime fruit exposures. […]

Making fun sweet potato crackers with children

Cooking with kids is one of many ways to interact with foods outside of the mealtime. Plus it is fantastic to exercise EXECUTIVE FUNCTION SKILLS. The benefits include building their familiarity with foods and increasing their acceptance of them WITHOUT pressure to eat. These sweet potato crackers (or should I say “quackers”) were fun to […]

Stress-Free Creative Play with Food

Please welcome Shannon from Oh Creative Day to the Play with Food blog – teacher, mumma, crafter and witty-instagram-comment-maker! I get it. Art and craft activities with kids can be time-consuming and messy. Add food into this mix and it creates the potential for a whole new level of stress and chaos. Today I’m here […]

Ellie’s Cooking Show: Episode 11: Strawberry Milkshakes

Ellie decided that at episode 11, it was time to show you her beverage making skills! Here we were on the Play with Food Facebook page making some strawberry milkshakes.  These are a delicious and super easy recipe to make with toddlers and preschoolers. It’s been a year since I posted this step-by-step idea for making […]

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