More Quick Fun-Food tips:
A. Allow your cookies to become a source for make-believe. Doggy bone cookies can be a day of playing “doggie” for your kids. ABC cutters can be a play school day or creating words.
B. Make food funner by using your cookie cutters to help kids eat vegetables, eggs, funner sandwiches, fruit slices, lunch meats, cheese, play dough…Tiny cookie cutters are great for toddler size pieces.
C. Real doggie cookies for animal friends: 3 eggs, 1/4 c. soy flour, 1 Tablespoon natural yeast, 2 T. wheat germ, 2 T. instant dry milk, 2 T. water. Knead the dough for 3 minutes. Cut with doggie-bone cookie cutters and bake at 325 degrees for 25 minutes. Take out of the oven and turn over then bake for 23 more minutes. Place in a container for your pup or give away to your furry friends.
- Magic Wands: Large pretzel rods or breadsticks dipped in melted chocolate, candy melts, yogurt, cream cheese, peanut butter then dipped in colored sprinkles make the most delicious magic wands. Let them play fairy or Wizards today…
- 2. Birthday Candles: Little stick pretzels placed in the center of individual cheese cubes is a family favorite for birthday candles…we sing every time we make them. No, its not for a real birthday, but the pretend one for Snowy, Little Truck, or Lego Batman. Great snack.
- 3. Pretzel Words: Did you know you can bite your way through a praying pretzel to make alphabet words. The praying pretzel are the large ones with two circles on the sides and the twist in the center.
- 4. Make-Your-Own: Freezer bread dough is great fun and you can make your own bread sticks or pretzels and put your own toppings on them. For cinnamon pretzels brush with melted butter after you spend some fun time making the shapes. Then sprinkle a mixture of cinnamon and sugar over the top and bake. They don’t take long so watch the time.
Play with your vegetables.
Zucchini Boats: Carve out the center of a zucchini and float it in a pool or stream.
Mr. Potato Head began when children used to stick things into a real potato with toothpicks. It is great fun to use real veges and make funny heads. Don’t stop with potatoes, do this with pumpkins, squash, melons, citrus…fun!
Potato prints are really fun. Use other foods such as carrots, mushrooms, etc. Cut the vegetable in shapes, paint with tempera paint or if you have little ones, place paint on a sponge and allow them to dip it like an ink pad. Then make your own prints. A blast!
Use pasta to your advantage to get children to enjoy their dinners. Kids love pasta! Create kid-friendly names of the dishes. Examples:
Wagon wheels in “cowboy dinner.” Butterfly soup. Under the Sea supper: shells and octopus (with the octopus as a hot dog then cut half way to mimic the eight legs placed on top. Use the twisty ones, the curly ones, angel hair, alphabet…so many fun pastas!
“For heavens sakes,” says grandma, “make food fun and connective instead of a battle of whits! The dinner table is where you should be having family fun time together and enjoying the filling up both physical and emotional.”