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.
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.
Food assortment ideas
Canned beans, rinsed and drained
Meatball or fish croquette
Quartered hard boiled egg
Rinsed cottage cheese
Cooked leftover veggies
Fruits and veggies (round shapes should be quartered for infant and young toddlers)
Bagel wedge or bread finger
Cereal like Cheerios
Dips: hummus, tzatziki, plain yogurt, marinara, pesto, guacamole