• Suzanne

Toddler Sensory Food Play Lunch Date

Updated: Aug 20, 2019

When brainstorming ideas of what to do with an hour before lunchtime with my daughter and her friend, the idea came to me to throw together a lunch that included a plethora of foods I had around.

Tray at the beginning of the meal. I had so much fun watching them sort through their choices.

Tips for success

  • Include foods with different temperatures and colours.

  • Make sure to include "safe foods" or foods that are familiar to the child. Kids are more likely to accept new foods when paired with familiar, well-liked foods.

  • Mealtimes success means they played and enjoyed the meal. Success should not be gauged on how much and what the ate.

  • Use a muffin tray, baby food tray, or even an ice cube tray

  • For older kids, offer an assortment of tools to pick up the foods like chop sticks, toothpick, tongs.

  • No need to fill each slot with a new food, repeat the same food presented in a different way like avocado slices and then avocado cubes.

Tray at the end of the meal

Food assortment ideas

  • Canned beans, rinsed and drained

  • Meatball or fish croquette

  • Scrambled egg

  • Quartered hard boiled egg

  • Tofu

  • Cheese

  • Rinsed cottage cheese

  • Cooked leftover veggies

  • Fruits and veggies (round shapes should be quartered for infant and young toddlers)

  • Cooked noodles

  • Bagel wedge or bread finger

  • Cereal like Cheerios

  • Avocado slices

  • Dips: hummus, tzatziki, plain yogurt, marinara, pesto, guacamole

A video of the mealtime shenanigans



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