If you are looking for fun ways to increase exposure to fruits and veggies this holiday season, check out these four simple food art ideas.
All you will need is: A red pepper, cucumber, banana, a clementine, raspberries, and olives. Grab a knife, a long skewer, scissors, and a toothpick as well.
These ideas are a great way to encourage your child to interact with foods that they typically avoid. Even if your child doesn’t end up eating their creations, the juices get on their hands and the process of exposing your child to the smell and feel of non-preferred foods has begun! Do activities like this daily. You will need a minimum of 10 food exposures before a child will typically consider adding a food to his or her diet. If you just pick a few things that can be bought in small quantities that other family members will eat, then it is still cost effective to do activities like this.
Food Art is also a great way to increased opportunities to build proficiency with tools like table knives, scissors, and skewers. Pincer grasp, bilateral hand use, manipulation of small objects, and thumb strength/stability are among the many fine motor skills worked on during these four food art projects.
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