It’s fun to have a table set for your little guests. My kids love having a special place setting just for them. One of my tricks when throwing children’s parties is to use coordinating wrapping paper as a table runner! You’ll eliminate having to wash a runner after the party and makes for super easy clean up! Pop a few Christmas decorations down the center and you have a cute centerpiece!
With any party, it’s nice to feed your guests. Since we were having an early afternoon gathering, we served a bite size brunch for our little friends. Mini pancakes, waffles, cinnamon rolls, scones, and donuts are always a hit alongside a few healthy options like eggs, sausage, and fruit!
Though it’s not always necessary, I love to send guests home with a party favor. I found these adorable Christmas plates from Dylbug.com and had them personalized for each guest. It’s a darling treat that they kids can use all season long and pull out year after year. The fun thing about these plates is that they double as an activity and a serving piece! Santa and Mrs. Claus are waiting to be dressed in your meal!
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We are so excited to be partnering with Dylbug in guest posting today! Many of the faces behind the scenes at The Baby Cubby are both full time Cubby Moms and mamas and, our busy schedules often find us feeling defeated when it comes to providing our kids with easy, healthy eating choices that our munchkins will ACTUALLY eat!
In our search to truly put an end to the endless drive-thru stops and never-ending “What should we eat” debate, we came across the darling plates created by the lovely Leslie Mingo of Dylbug. Dylbug’s products provide a fun way to present healthy foods to our kids, undeniably making mealtime much more successful—it’s about time, right?
The size of the plate is absolutely perfect for a child and, with the array of styles and cutters, the possibilities are endless! My kids felt so involved and connected to our first experience eating with Dylbug plates. They wanted to help with the meal prep, were beaming with pride at their creations and, as a result, happily ate the fruits of their labor! ;)
I found that I could easily create a lunch by simply slicing some fruits and veggies, create a sammy with the darling custom cutters and, voila, a nutritious lunch for my little ones that was super appealing to them!
We are excited to say that Dylbug's darling products definitely warrant the Cubby Mom stamp of approval! From all of us at The Baby Cubby, we are so thankful to Leslie at Dylbug for sharing her talents and creations with us all! From one mom to another, you will never know how much those small victories, like getting our kids to eat better, mean to us! xx
To read more of our thoughts and get the exclusive promo code for Dylbug plates, head on over to The Cubby Community blog!
As a busy mom, I like to putting together really quick meals for my kids. Lunches usually consist of some sort of "snack plate". Snack plates are made up of anything I have on hand. I usually like to have a fruit or veggie, a protein, a dairy and a healthy fat. My toddler can be pretty picky so I like to present her food in a way that is fun and exciting and will make her want to eat her meal! Since Thanksgiving is right around the corner I decided to use my Dylbug dress-up plate to make a cute little turkey "outfit" out of some of the typical snack plate items I use for lunches.
I gather all of the items that I'd like to incorporate into her meal. I then start playing around! To make the turkey you will need:
1/2 of a pear, sliced down the middle lengthwise
applegate turkey pepperoni
nitrate-free deli turkey, rolled and then sliced
cheddar cheese, cut into strips
I found that cutting the ends off of the raspberries made the "eyes" stay better on the pear. But other than that, everything was placed easily on the plate. I don't have time for lots of cutting and trimming, so this is a fun creation to make that will take you no longer than 5 minutes! My favorite kind of meal :)
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(Reuters Health) - Parents who have tried in vain to teach their preschoolers table manners may have a new reason to give up the fight. Playing with food may actually help kids overcome a fear of new flavors and eat a more varied diet, a small study suggests.
Researchers in the U.K. asked a group of kids to search for buried toys in mashed potatoes and jelly and found that the children who were comfortable getting their hands dirty at the table were less likely have a condition known as food neophobia, a fear of tasting new things.
"Although this is just an association, the implication is that getting children to play with messy substances may help their food acceptance," lead study author Helen Coulthard, a psychology researcher at De Montfort University in Leicester, U.K., said by email.
It's fairly normal for young children to go through a period when they are wary of unfamiliar foods or refuse to consume more than a handful of different items, though most kids outgrow this during elementary school. It isn't necessarily harmful as long as the children maintain a healthy weight for their height, pediatricians say.
But, because previous research has linked food neophobia to limited fruit and vegetable consumption, Coulthard and colleagues wanted to see if they could establish a link between touching food and tasting unfamiliar dishes.
They asked a group of 70 children ages two to five to play with mushy, slimy food while their parents observed, watching to see if kids would happily use their hands to search for a toy soldier buried at the bottom of a bowl of mashed potatoes or jelly. Children who wouldn't use their hands were offered a spoon.
Parents and researchers each rated how happy the kids were to get their hands dirty on a scale of one to five, with a higher number indicating more enjoyment. Children could get a total score as high as 20, a tally of the scores from researchers and parents for play with both the mashed potatoes and the jelly.
To understand what children typically ate, the researchers questioned parents about how reluctant kids were to try new foods and also asked how many portions of fruits and vegetables they and their children ate each day, excluding juices, dried fruit and purees.
Children ate more fruits and vegetables when their parents did, the study found.
Researchers also gave parents a questionnaire to assess children's so-called tactile sensitivity, quizzing them about things like whether kids disliked going barefoot in the sand and grass or avoided getting messy.
The study found that kids who liked playing with their food were less likely to have neophobia or tactile sensitivity.
The good news for parents is that many picky eaters can be taught to enjoy playing with food, Coulthard said.
Food art is a good place to start, she said. Parents can use food to make pictures or shapes on the plate, without pressuring kids to touch or taste anything, and then gradually encourage the children to make their own art and let them sample the results when they're ready, she said. Offering as much variety as possible from a young age also helps children experience lots of textures and flavors, which may minimize their fear of unfamiliar foods.
"Parents might think less about pressuring or forcing their children to eat fruits and vegetables, and more about ways to foster fun, curiosity, and exploration," Myles Faith, a nutrition researcher at Gillings School of Public Health at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, said by email.
"They might consider activities where children are 'food detectives,' tasting and rating new foods, or even being food critics," said Faith, who wasn't involved in the study. "Gardening or even crafts with fruits and vegetables is a practical activity. Caregivers might think less to pressure and more to pleasure, as controlling feeding can backfire."
SOURCE: bit.ly/1F8ixOO Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, online April 29, 2015.
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Written by Lisa Rapaport
I came up with a REALLY FUN after school snack game for my little ones and they LOVED IT! I thought of this game because I have one VERY picky eater. He is sensitive to textures and flavors. I wanted to come up with a game that would give him fun pressure to eat something he normally would frown at (grapes + peppers). This game was a success so I just had to share it with you.
Start with a rainbow dice and 6 different color fruits + veggies. Each color on the dice represented a fruit or vegetable. First child rolls a color (example: green) then has to place their green fruit or vegetable as a hat, shirt, pants/skirt or shoes. Each child takes a turn rolling a color until their Little Me Dress Up is covered from head to toe. Once their Little Me is entirely dressed they continue to take turns rolling the dice, eating the colors that they roll. If they roll a color that they do not have on their plate then their turn is skipped. First child to roll all the colors on their plate and finish eating everything, wins the game.
My little ones got really excited about what other foods they want to use for next time we play. We will definitely be playing this game again. Hopefully you give it a shot with your little ones and let me know how it works in your home. Enjoy!
UPDATE: We have played this game many times and love it! You can replace the rainbow die for one with numbers and just number the foods 1-6. That gives you more options on different types of foods and not just based on colors. Have fun playing with your food!