Do you have a picky little eater in your life? A certain someone who needs “extra encouragement” (*bribery and corruption) to eat certain things… often their fruit or vegetables? Children are infamous for liking something one day, and then not the next – making them unpredictable eaters. I have one of those. A delicious banana (or three) one day can cause severe meltdowns simply by mentioning it, the next.
Food, snacks and mealtimes can become mundane, mechanical, wasteful and frustrating for parents – especially when a child refuses to eat certain foods in favour of other less nutritional food options. Even children who are adventurous eaters need a bit of mealtime livening up.
This article by Raising Children is an informative read around understanding a child’s behaviour towards food, guiding them towards healthy eating (in a non-confrontational way) as well as specific and practical ideas on encouraging a fussy eater to try new things. (Sources include nutritionists, paediatricians and child psychologists).
Kids have vivid imaginations and actively explore their creativity on a daily basis, using it to make sense of their world. A diet rich in fruit and vegetables is important for overall health and wellbeing and this is helped along by developing a positive attitude towards healthy food from an early age.
Healthy food can be used creatively to attract, delight and entice children, through engaging their imagination.
All of the below fruit and vegetable food art ideas for kids are made within 3 minutes, are no cook and have step by step instructions. Rainbows, turtles, caterpillars and cars… hopefully you’ll find something that’s up your alley.
If you have any special requests, let me know and I’ll create a food art idea around it, for you! If you and your little ones have made your own creations, tag us anywhere on social media and we’ll enthusiastically share your masterpiece, to encourage and inspire others.
For full instructions and ingredients for each piece of foodart, click on the relevant image below!
With plenty more inspiration on its way!