One afternoon last spring, I was making lunch for my sons. It was a day that I was scrapping by with what groceries we had. It was just too pretty to drag them to the store that morning. When lunch rolled around, I had to get creative. And thankfully I was hit by a sudden stroke of genius. Neither one of my boys was a sandwich eater. I tried so many times, but they just never went for them. Well, this idea changed that forever!
I slapped some PB and honey on bread and then used a cookie cutter to make them into fun shapes. My kids ate them up. Literally. My boys dug in and are now sandwiches eaters. Not only was it an easy way to get them to eat, but it also made for fun lunch topics. “Can you show me the elephant’s trunk?” “Can you nibble at the elephant’s leg?” “What do you think elephants eat?”.
As time went by, I had more fun with it. We practiced our shapes when we ate sandwiches. You don’t need a cookie cutter to cut them into triangles, circles, rectangles, diamonds, and squares. I also have snowflakes for snowy days and leaves for the fall. Right now I use hearts for Valentine’s Day. Plus, we talk about where our hearts are located and what sounds they makes.
Now that both boys are a little older, they help me make the sandwiches. They love to pick which shapes to cut them into. An added bonus is now they know they like them. So if I’m in a rush, I don’t have to use a cookie cutter.
What are some creative ways you’ve gotten your kids to try new foods? What are some of your go-to table conversations? Thank you for reading!