Play with Food
Fussy eating, picky eating, or just showing no interest in food is common in young children. A report by Science Direct found that up to 50% of all mums reported at least one child being a poorly or 'picky eater'.
So, what can be done?
There's a ton of support available to help parents with fussy eaters. But we're going to hone in on one of these: making dining fun. As any parent knows, children love to play. So, anything you can do to inject a bit of playfulness into mealtimes will help create positive associations around dining.
To get the best out of your Munchy Play® plate, you’ll want to set your child up for success. Here's five steps to using our kids' plates successfully:
But first, choose a kids' plate that appeals to their interests. If they love trains, then our Choo-Choo plate is ideal, if they are into cars, racing and vehicles, our Vroom-Vroom plate is a smart choice. Or, if they like hosting tea parties or playing with teddies, try our Tea Party plate. All our plates are gender-universal and compatible with most leading toy trains, cars and teddies. If you have Amazon Prime, you can also enjoy free delivery.
Here's how to use your Munchy Play kids' plate successfully:
Step 2: Involve them
Involve your child at mealtimes and bring them into the experience. You might want to get them involved in preparing their meal, or even just ask them what they'd like to eat. Giving your child options and making them feel part of the process is a tactic many professionals use.
With our plates you can go one-step further, inviting them to choose their toy train, car or doll they'd like to bring with them to the table each day (ensuring they are suitable/clean/safe to do so).
Step 3: Keep it Exclusive
We get so much positive feedback from parents about how our kids' plates have transformed mealtimes. You will want to keep that excitement going for as long as possible. The best way to do that is to keep your Munchy Play plate exclusively for mealtimes.
Try not to bring it out to entertain your child at other times of the day. You'll want to use it as a tool to excite them about dining. It's all about creating positive associations with mealtimes.
Step 4: Respect the Way They Play
Children have their own way of playing. Some will want to stuff as many vehicles on the track as possible, others will host imaginary tea parties!
There’s no wrong or right way to play, as long as it’s safe. After all, children develop practical life skills through play.
Our kids' plates are a helpful tool in making dining a more enjoyable experience... for everyone! We'd love to hear your feedback, please share your thoughts, suggestions and comments below.