Over 5 ½ years into this mom thing, my child is still a picky eater. She still balks at the site of most fruits and most vegetables and there are very few things she’ll branch out and try. I’ll be honest, it drives me crazy, but only to an extent. I know half of her battle is the texture of certain things and I refuse to force her to eat something that she doesn’t like. I don’t think force-feeding or making a child clean their plate is ever a good way to go about the “picky eating battle.”
However, I’ve tried something a little new with Alea that I thought maybe be beneficial to other parents who struggle to get their little one to eat the food that’s presented to them. I think that you’ll have to agree, this is a pretty fun and genius idea!
We tried our first meal with this new game with Kraft Macaroni & Cheese (a family favorite), grapes, and peas. Three things that I know Alea likes, but sometimes she just wants to get down and play and doesn’t want to focus on eating. This little game helped her focus on the task at hand and I’ve honestly never seen her so excited to take more bites of her food. She even asked to take one more bite of her food and said, “I’m going to do this every night for dinner! And for breakfast, too!”
And Kraft Mac & Cheese is even more of a family and Alea favorite now that it doesn’t have any artificial dyes in it! The best part? Kraft made this change in December and we didn’t even notice! The recipe has changed but we still love the classic Kraft Mac & Cheese taste!
What to Do:
I whipped up this pretty little game board, printed it out, colored it in, and then ran it through my laminator. Pretty easy peasy if you ask me! Here’s a link to the printable so you can print it out and create your own: Dinner Time Place Mat Game.
The instructions are so very simple, making this easy for even the littlest of eaters to play. For each bite the take, they move their game piece (this can be their favorite little toy, action figure, car, you name it) one space. Once they reach the finish line, they can have dessert! If they’re anything like Alea, though, they’ll want to start over at the beginning to keep playing—and I’m sure you’d be completely fine with that!
Not that she usually takes much convincing to gobble up her Kraft Macaroni & Cheese, but this certainly helped speed up the process! Can’t say I blame her. I remember eating Kraft Mac & Cheese for as long as I can remember! They don’t make it how they used to though, did you know that? They’ve changed some of their ingredients and I bet you haven’t even noticed! Yes, that’s right! They’ve taken artificial dyes yellow 5 and 6 out and put paprika, annatto and turmeric in their place! Like I said, it’s even better now—but they most certainly didn’t sacrifice on taste!
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Will you be playing this meal time board game with your kiddos?
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