Kids party food doesn’t have to be all cake, cookies and candy! Even a party loving mom cant allow too many pieces of birthday cake or repeated visits to sweet dessert tables. As Ive considered what other party food options to offer kids, Ive been looking at fruits and vegetables a whole new way: an orange is no longer an orange; it is a monster head! A strawberry is actually a mouse. Apples morph into turtles. Kids seem much more attracted to fruit and vegetables when theyre in fun shapes. Ive found this also works for the everyday with my son, Sam. Kids party food shapes are a great way to pique kids interest in healthy fruit and veggies. I know Sam is much more willing to eat fresh food since weve been playing with it.
- Take a peek at this darling Monkey Toast that is sure to please any kids.
- These Baked Sour Cream Donuts are a delicious treat the whole family can enjoy.
Usually I hurry to get the daily kitchen chores taken care of myself, in hopes that Ill have more time to do something special with Sam. Ive started including him in more of the food prep. Since weve been working together in the kitchen, Ive found that we end up having extra good times just taking care of the regular dailies. Weve had a lot of teasing and laughter plus Ive found I can slip in some educational moments to capitalize on childhoods curiosity.
Recently, while we were washing our fruit we had another discussion about germs and why hand washing is important (I think he is finally getting that lesson down!). We decided the green Grannie Smith apples we were cleaning reminded us of turtles. Then Sams imagination took over and we ended up with these turtles. You can check out our complete how-to at B-Inspired Mama where I first talked about this.
Of course Sam had questions about turtles after this. Siri and Google are wonderful resources for moms of little guys with lots of questions! We learned that unlike bird eggs, turtle egg whites (albumin) are truly white and they dont coagulate when theyre cooked either. The turtle egg yolks cook similarly to bird eggs. Sam and I both found this very interesting but then he declared he wouldnt EVER eat turtle eggs.
I didnt dare tell him about turtle soup!