How I Get my Preschooler to Eat ~ Tuesday Tips

| May 28, 2013 | 6 Comments

When I began my maternity leave last year, my oldest daughter was almost three and starting to figure out that she was picky. This meant that on days where she was home from daycare, I had to figure out how to get her to eat.

One day, I made a face out of the food for lunch and she loved it so much that she ate everything on her plate. She thought it was funny that she was eating eyes, and hair, and nose and mouth. I kept doing this and eventually she would ask for a face for lunch.

As she got older and needed more food, I would make the face, then would put more of the same food in a plate beside it. Sometimes she rearranged the face to make her own, like add a forehead, or a hair clip. Sometimes, she would rival Picasso in her placement of body part!

I started taking pictures of it and posted them on Facebook. Apparently this inspired some of my Facebook friends to do the same and they asked me to continue posting my faces. So to the request of friends and family, here are some of my faces. Note that she has no allergies, so it makes things easier.

What you’ve done to get your kids to eat?

visage5 Carrots, grapes, coconut balls, deli meat, cheese, raisins, fishes

visage6Deli meat, cucumber, cashews, raisins, cheese

visage7Blueberries, grapes, fishes, spinach Wheat Things, cheese macaroni

visage8 Grapes, avocado, ritz cheese cracker sandwiches, deli meat, vegetable crackers

visage9Fishes, grapes, raspberries, deli meat

visage10 Pear, carrots, cheese, deli meat, crackers, sesame seeds, grapes, rotini with meat sauce

visage11Grapes, crackers, nut clusters, pizza

visage1 Cherries, deli meat, avocado, cheese, cheese crackers, cheese cherios

visage2 Cherries, cheese cherios, cheese, nut cluster, pretzels, deli meat

visage4Ritz cheese cracker sandwiches, peanuts, cheese, grapes, raisins, carrots



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  1. Lyne Proulx says:

    Love your ideas! No wonder your daughter likes to eat at your house! Great job!

  2. Maria Iemma says:

    I love the idea – my granddaughter is 2 1/2 years old and is exhibiting traits of a picky eater. I will share this with my daughter and let her make her meals fun. I think whenever kids are involved in the preparation they eat better.

  3. tiffany dover says:

    Ugh, I so needed this! we don’t have a preschooler just yet…he’s only 16 months but i can already see I’m going to need these tricks!

  4. Wanda Tracey says:

    I think you are amazing for thinking of this.Not only that but you have shown us endless possibilities to making faces with food.Thanks for sharing.I love it!

  5. Nicole B says:

    Great ideas! Will have to try them since my son seems to only eat well at lunch when I hand him a lunchables and can’t do that everyday!

  6. kathy downey says:

    This is a neat idea,dont we ourselves see a cream cheese square covered in chocolate and want it……its all what you see

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