How do you build healthy habits that last a lifetime? Let kids explore new foods, talk about flavors, and even get involved in dinner prep—all in a playful way! This week we’ll share some of our favorite ways to play with our food, from pretend-play restaurants with toy-food entrees to real recipes that kids can make themselves (with just a little help from you).
Here are just a few of the amazing benefits of involving kids in real cooking and food-focused play:
- Familiarity with a variety of foods, which helps kids feel confident about trying new things
- Hands-on math practice, as kids measure, count, and divide ingredients and portions
- Social skills and teamwork, which grow through shared tasks and role play
- Sensory awareness, as kids explore the texture, weight, smell, and taste of real food
- Greater eagerness to participate in family meals (less squirming, more eating!)
- An interest in nutrition and a feeling of ownership for good nutritional choices
- Bonding between parent and child, as kids enjoy the treat of joining you in a “grown-up” job
Join us this week as we put together a recipe for junior foodie fun—we’re sure you’ll find some unique benefits of your own! As always, we love to hear from you—so share your tips in the comments below, to let us know how Junior Foodie Week went down at your house. We can’t wait to hear what fun your family cooks up!