My boys love to eat. I guess they get it from me. Most days, I'm just working as quickly as possible to keep their hunger at bay, and keep them from attacking me. But sometimes, I like to give them a little surprise on their plates. If you're working with less-than-ravenous appetites, this might be a strategy to get your littles to eat a little more, and try a few new foods.
Here are my simple ideas. Your kids may need different portion sizes, but it's some inspiration to start!
Using cookie cutters and a cup, cut a sandwich into a circle, and cheese into stars. Add some sun rays in the form of sliced bell peppers, and top it all off with a banana moon.
Cut your sandwich in half diagonally and line up the two corners for butterfly wings. Wedge a little piece of celery in between for the body. For the antennae, we used more bell pepper. And lastly, with little toothpicks holding together grapes, we added some cute little caterpillars.
Taste the Rainbow
Think outside of the plate, and serve lunch in cupcake liners. Using rainbow colored liners, I found healthy foods from all the colors of the rainbow to match. Yum!
Think about how you can engage your kids--their minds, and their other senses. What are they learning? Practicing? Incorporate it into their food. Cut up deli meat into triangles, make cucumber and cheese stacks, and add a stack of crackers. Then ask your little one to identify the shapes before they dig in. Can they see other examples of the shapes around the kitchen?
(I meant to have five lunches, but at the last minute I showed my husband my final example and he said it looked a little inappropriate. hahaha! It only took me a second to realize how right he was. Always proof and edit, people! And an extra set of eyes is always helpful.)
Anyway, hope this gave you a little inspiration for your child's lunchbox, or your little ones' plates at home! Loving this time of year!