It can get pretty tiring for you and your kids nagging them during every meal not to play with their food. So why not give them a chance to do exactly that. Give your kids a plate and some food and they can go to town making some food art. And the best part is they can eat it all afterwards. This is what I like to call a snacktivity. Your kids won’t believe it when they hear you say, “Ok kids, go ahead and play with your food!”
Here is a great way to incorporate the table cover into the food play. Paint on the butcher paper table cover for a food landscape.
Make a masterpiece of an orange or clementine by peeling the orange into a snail or other animal shapes.
Make your sandwich into a darling birdhouse. How cute are the pink cupcake liners for separating the food?
Another clever way to separate snacks is a ziploc bag and clothes pin. It looks like kids decorate the clothes pin to look like the body of a butterfly. Then when each side of the ziploc is filled with a different snack you have a colorful butterfly treat to go.
Such a simple snack to make, cut up some apple slice and grapes. Stick a toothpick through the bottom of the apple and then the grapes are wheels. Kids can play with their apple cars and snack on them too.
How about this giraffe sandwich? I believe any kid would want to sit down for lunch when they have a sandwich like this waiting for them.
Have the kids make their own pizzas and they can make them into different animals or characters. Here is an example of an owl pizza.
Start the morning off right with some oatmeal and fruit, and even better it is a fruit snail!
Here is a sandwich, banana, strawberry ice cream cone. The cone is a cut up sandwich the ice cream is the cut up banana and the cherry on top is made out of a strawberry.
What little boy wouldn’t want to open up their lunch box to find an airplane sandwich. It would only take a few flights around the lunch table before he would gobble it right up. These ideas are all fun and they are all clean, perfect options for allowing kids to play with their food.