Wednesday, September 9, 2009

Hands On Menu


I can't tell you how many times I have made a meal for my son and when he gets it, he decides he does not want it any longer.  When we talk about the meal before I make it, he is fine with it.  While I am making it, he is fine with it.  I decided it must be when he actually sees it, that his mind grasps it better and he decides he doesn't want it.  To help with this problem I have made cut outs of food out of construction paper.  For meals or snacks I lay out different food shapes for him (ones that I am willing to fix) and let him decide which ones he wants to eat.  It has really helped me out by having the meal I fix actually be the meal he eats.  These cut outs give him something tangible to associate with his meal.  It is no longer imaginary for him.  It makes him feel "big" to be involved in the decisions, while he is actually learning about meal planning and nutrition.  Don't get me wrong, him learning these concepts is wonderful, but the best part of this is that it is a huge sanity saver for me!  Try it.

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