From left to right: the Happy Face Tomato begins with a slice of tomato and the addition of olive slices for eyes, a carrot slice for the nose, and a cucumber smile;
The Cheesy Kitty starts with a cheese head, red pepper ears, black olive eyes, a carrot triangle for the nose, celery whiskers, and red pepper slices for the mouth;
For the Cauliflower Puppy, begin with a cauliflower floret and add olive slices for the eyes, a cherry tomato nose and carrot tongue.
At right, use cookie cutters to make shapes from fruits and vegetables as a fun rainy day activity.
• Serve a variety of foods to broaden your children's horizons, but remember when serving a new food to always
include it with a familiar one. This way the children won't leave the table hungry. Later, they may try the new food addition which is no longer strange and unfamiliar. Be patient!
• Keep in mind child-friendly serving portions for appropriate ages. Often children feel overwhelmed
when their plates are too full. A good way to measure for preschoolers is one
tablespoon for each year of age. That goes for fruits, vegetables, and meats. To prevent kids from consuming a 'liquid lunch', reduce milk or juice drinks by 1/2 to 3/4 cups at mealtime.
serving sandwiches, a preschooler should only have 1/2 a slice to one slice of
bread. It doesn't seem like a lot to an adult, but a full sandwich is too much
for most small toddlers to finish.
children have different tastes and attitudes toward food, so some of these might
not work for your family. Keep experimenting, and you'll soon find mealtime may become more enjoyable for you and your picky eater!