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When was the last time you ate like a giant?

When was the last time you ate like a giant? I’m not talking about that huge bag of chips that magically disappeared during three episodes of SpongeBob. No, I mean that you changed up the size of your plate and utensils to big and you downsized the portions on your plate to tiny. Maybe 2 peas, 1 sweet potato fry and a morsel of roast chicken? I’m talking about the entire meal being slightly less than bite-size, all served on a big dinner plate with regular size utensils and a cloth napkin and perhaps a bottle cap of water or milk? Kids love seeing how many servings their giant size self can eat. Of course you have to make giant sounds as well. Fee fi, fo, fum I smell the blood of an Englishman.

You might find this article on tiny kitchens and tiny food inspiring 🙂

https://www.npr.org/sections/thesalt/2016/05/03/475783900/tiny-kitchen-videos-cook-up-real-food-in-doll-sized-portions

Play with your food!

Kids have known this forever, but now grown-ups are finding out that playing with your food is actually really good for kids. At StickyLickits we know that kids have fun putting stickers they can eat on all sorts of fruit and veggies, then eating them. Children who act as if their meals are an art form are actually learning all kinds of things when they play. Seems that kids who played with their food were faster to learn words associated with food tastes and textures than kids who didn’t play. Toddlers, who mashed, poked, prodded, mushed, and even threw their food, were interacting more than other children with key developmental concepts.

Preschoolers who play with their food are more likely to try new things, eat a more varied diet and are less likely to develop a fear of tasting new things. A fresh solution for helping picky eaters to relax might be getting them involved in something messy like food art as well as using edible stickers to decorate their food. It’s a fun way for kids to try something new and be more adventurous in exploring food. Let the games begin!

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NEW STUDY! Cartoon Characters Can Help Kids Choose Fruits & Veggies

Researchers at the University of Bari Adlo Moro in Italy found that 5- and 6-year-olds choose healthy foods like kiwis, carrots and tomatoes over their usual name-brand snacks if the healthy items had a sticker featuring their favorite cartoon character. Even kids who had never tried or straight-up disliked the healthier options were still swayed by the sticker. “The findings show that characters deeply influenced children’s choices in favor of healthy food,” wrote the authors, who said the results “can represent an incisive marketing tool to increase children’s appreciation of fruit and vegetables.”

 

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