Make mealtime enjoyable for your child: A Step by Step Guide

Let your child help you prepare the meal

Let your child decide what to eat for dinner

Let your child pick a meal. Come up with various options you can make from selected foods and let them choose what they want to eat or how they want your chosen food to be prepared. Leave a time limit and offer only two choices.

Take your child shopping with you

Let your child help you in the kitchen

Involve your little one in the arrangement of meals. Put on an apron and chef’s hat on your kid and name him or her your official assistant. Allow it to pass you the food you need to cut and wash, allow it to mix the ingredients, and give it a piece of dough to knead. Children prefer to eat food that they have cooked themselves.

Grow your own vegetables

If you can manage it, let your child grow the vegetables in your garden. Water together and choose fruits, vegetables, and herbs, this will help your child to feel more concerned with the foods they eat before they even start to prepare them.

Get your child to set the table

Let your child put the plates and cutlery on the table. Give your child special cutlery, in a particular shape and color, or adorned with their favorite cartoon character.

Create fun meals

Cut out your child’s food in funny shapes

One of the easiest ways to make a child eat well and enjoy mealtimes is to make them creative moments. Even something as simple as a sandwich or pancake can be fun if it is cut into a unique shape. To get started, you’ll just need a few easy-to-find cookie molds and a sharp knife.

Add original sauces to your child’s meal

To make the meal even more fun, add sauces to plastic bowls made to appeal to kids and let him experiment. Some kids like ketchup and some are going to be more adventurous, so try a few different sauces and let them taste it. It is also a good way to introduce more fruits and vegetables into your diet.

Rename the foods to make them more interesting

Present meals in a different way

Make a mountain of grated vegetables. In addition to giving the food a new and attractive shape, it will be easier for your child to grab and chew.

Convert cutlery into planes or birds

If your child doesn’t want to open his mouth to eat, you can encourage him to do so by turning the spoon into an airplane or a bird and your little one’s mouth into an airport or a nest.

Use your child’s food to teach him a lesson

For example, by arranging carrot pieces on her plate like a clock, you can encourage her to eat carrot pieces by teaching her the time. Ask him to show you 3 hours, six hours, etc.

Include your child’s name in their dishes

  • Create various facial expressions with food to teach your child to figure out emotions like sadness, joy, anger. Use sauces and chunks of vegetables for eyes and mouth. The plate or a piece of bread can be used as a face.
  • Teach your child to count by having him count the pieces of food on his plate and ask him how many are left to finish.
  • Learn colors by asking your little one what color the vegetable they are eating.

Color your child’s dishes

Even though most foods for kids are beige or white, which makes dish colors a bit boring, you can make them more fun by adding a splash of color. Try to use natural dyes when possible, for example:

Play pretend while you eat

Play pretend you’re at a restaurant. You would be the waiter who explains to your child what the specialty of the day is (which is the dish you have already made, of course).

Create a fun atmosphere

Try to appear content during meals

Meals should be a time when family members should enjoy each other, even the youngest. Stay relaxed and so will your child.

Don’t force your little one to eat more than he wants

Start by serving your child in small portions so that they don’t feel overwhelmed, and try to avoid berating them by making them eat “just a little more”. Pleasant meals should encourage a lifetime of healthy attitudes around food.

Try not to rush your child and stay at the table until they are finished

Don’t rush your child. Give it enough time to eat a meal and not add extra pressure to it.

Eat together

Eating together is a fun family activity. Set an example for your child. Turn off the television and enjoy a pleasant moment of conversation during your meal.

Stick to a routine

Habits are important. The meal should always be served at the same time as this, eating becomes a habit and the child will always be hungry enough by the time the dish is served.

Invite your child’s friend to dinner

Invite a child to join the dinner. The meal always seems more interesting to children when they have company.

Allow a little mess

Advice from Kidsrush.com

Let your imagination run wild when it comes to finding new ways to engage your child in meals.

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Muhammad Usman Babar

Muhammad Usman Babar

Hi, My name is Muhammad Usman Babar and I am a blog writer. I love to write about Health, Fitness, and Education. Recently I am writing at www.kidsrush.com.