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8 great gifts to help your kids to love their food

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Toddlers and eating. Sometimes it can be a trial. It even feels like you spend half your life sitting at the table and waiting for them to eat their greens, or try that odd new shaped vegetable that you have put in front of them….but here is a little thought for you….

Give them lots of opportunities to play with food, to explore food during the time they have away from the table, and it can encourage good eating habits. It could even make it less likely that you will have a fussy eater as they grow.

Encouraging imaginative play with food can help fussy easters

We have done a little bit of research for you on the Give as You Live site for you and found some excellent toys to help your kids love their food; from board games to ovens for them to explore cooking…you name it, we found it.

So why not come join the fun, and help them with those healthy eating habits by using imaginative play to give them a little leg up?

Board Games

Orchard Toys has produced a game that not only explores food, but other household essentials in a board game that explores early maths skills, as well as matching ones. My kids love this game, and it’s a firm favourite for travel too as it’s not too bulky.

Play cooking

Before you start sitting down to eat; perhaps you would like to get your children “making” their own food with some of the wonderful play kitchens and ovens available.

The Hotpoint Children’s Cooker at Argos would be a great place to start, as its cooking sounds make everything seem so much more realistic. It even has glowing ceramic hobs too.

If you are looking for a classic Wooden stove then you won’t do better than the stunning Brio cooker from Amazon which is black, with moveable red knobs.

Play food, drink and utensils

Playing with the foods that we are going to try, or are a little reticent about eating in the comfort of the lounge rather than the chaos of the kitchen, is a great start for fussy eaters or reluctant feeders. Particularly if they have just “cooked” them on their fantastic new play ovens :-D

The Pizza Parlour set from Green Toys allows kids to top and cut their own pizzas. Perhaps you can take a trip to your little one’s Pizza restaurant?

To make sure that your children are offering balance to you in your meals, why not serve your Pizza with some salad; we have found a gorgeous set from Green Toys. Another perfect wooden gift for anyone.

If you would rather have vegetables with your food though, Le Toy Van has a delightful crate of them for you to have as a side with your pizza :-D.

What are you going to drink with your food though? Plan Toys have this covered, as well as the accompaniments with their Food and Beverage Sets.

Plan Toys also have a gorgeous wooden tableware set, which is ideal for serving up the food that your toddlers have made.

We hope you like all these choices, and they help with those reluctant eaters.

we have some great ideas for gifts for fussy eating. Kids like to explore food, and play food, and cooking is one way to do this to encourage good eating habits in your kids. From salads to fruit; we've got the lot!

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Helen is a mum to two, social media consultant, and website editor; and this site is (we think) the only Social Enterprise parent blog! Since giving up being a business analyst when juggling travel, work and kids proved too complicated, she founded KiddyCharts so she could be with her kids, and use those grey cells at the same time. KiddyCharts has reach of over 1.1million across social and the site. The blog works with big family brands (including travel) to help promote their services, as well as offering free resources to parents of kids under 10. It gives 80%+ profits to Reverence for Life, who fund a number of important initiatives in Africa, including bringing running water and basic equipment to a school in Tanzania. Helen has worked as a digital marketing consultant (IDM qualified) with various organisations, including Channel Mum, Truprint, Talk to Mums, and Micro Scooters. She loves to be creative in the brand campaigns she works on. Get in touch TODAY!

Sapana

Friday 20th of May 2016

Perfect List of tips for fussy eaters' moms. Parenting is challenging and is the challenge is at its peak when kids start being fussy. I think nearly all of kids go through this phase. Even though we know they will change soon but waiting is unbearable, starts testing our patience. When my kids did this, I started trying all flavors, variety and bribing !

julia

Tuesday 3rd of May 2016

thanks for such a lovely content ....i really need these kind off miracle tips,

Natasha Gianetti

Saturday 16th of April 2016

Great gift idea! They almost look tasty the kids might eat them! kidding. haha, another thing is to get fancy with the garnish of your meals.

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Thursday 7th of April 2016

Thanks Helen :) for this wonderful ideas

Ronny

Thursday 17th of March 2016

Cooperative board games are an excellent way to teach kids teamwork.

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