Friday, February 24, 2012

Picky Eaters

If you ever had a toddler in your home, chances are you've had a picky eater.
There are lots of gimmicks to try to encourage your child to eat a balanced plate of food; fun shaped plates and utensils, food in plastic squeeze tubes, tiny cut-out shapes and gourmet flavors.
Sometimes it just takes a new idea to get that little one to eat a new food.

Eat Up Gemma is about a picky eater who causes every meal time to be a bit of a struggle until her big brother finds a creative way to entice his baby sister to "eat up".  This book is about the relevant topics of family and food that make it a great read aloud to young children.

Cooking Extension Idea
Fruit Salad
For larger groups:
You need:
1 apple, cored and diced
1 orange, peeled and diced
1 cup grapes, sliced in quarters
1 banana, sliced
1 cup sliced strawberries
1 cup blueberries
1 cup diced peaches
1 cup diced pears
Let your child help in the washing and peeling process, and allow older children to cut soft fruits with a table knife. Place each fruit in a separate bowl, and ask your children to name the colors of the fruits. Place individual spoons into each of the fruit bowls, and let your children select the fruits they would like into their own bowl to make their own fruit salad. After the children are all settled in their chairs, ask the children, "Who has apples in their bowl?" "Who has strawberries?" and so on.

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