You know what can be kind of boring to a kid? Mealtime. Yep, even though you have arrayed the table in the colors of the rainbow, stressed yourself out hitting all the right food groups and made a theatrical display of exaggerating your delight in eating snap peas, you’re still not getting results. Well, don’t drown your sorrows in a glass of Sancerre (just yet) because I’ve got some help for you.
First, let me ask, what’s the difference between a regular old plate of vegetables and a plate of vegetables cut out into bunny and bear shapes and outfitted with googly eyes? Answer: The dish with the googly eyes has a much higher probability of getting eaten—or at least looked at curiously, sniffed and possibly sampled. It’s true, getting kids to eat healthy or try new things or even to finish their plates can be really challenging. The trick is to make it fun. I’ve rounded up some of the most amazing stuff out there to help make mealtime exciting and enjoyable for everyone (even you, mom). Here’s to trying! Bon appétit!
Fun Sandwich Cutter Set
Up your sandwich game and de-crust in style with these heart, dinosaur, puzzle and butterfly sandwich cutter shapes. Kids in the cafeteria are going to be soooo jelly.
OnUpGo Vegetable Cutters
Give veggies new life as fun shapes and animals (and gain some serious mommy cred). Also great to use on cheese, noodles and cookies. And the protective casing makes pressing these out painless.
CutezCute Bento Eyes
And while you’re at it, why not add some bento eyes. Come on, who gets the best mom of the year award? You do!
CuteZCute Bento Animals
OMG, now you can’t stop. Is it time to get help?
TriceraTACO Taco Holder
It’s Taco Tuesday, again! Go Jurassic with this awesome triceratops taco holder and make it memorable. Completely food safe.
Dinner Winner Kids' Dinner Tray
Having trouble with a picky eater? This tray turns mealtime into a board game. The goal is to get to the treasure chest where a special covered treat awaits. Brillz!
Slinky Drinks Gummy Worm Straws
Gummy worms that won’t give you cavities, I’m in! These wiggly straws are made of silicone and are nontoxic.
R2-D2 Boiled Egg Shaper
Can’t get your kid to eat hard-boiled eggs? You’re not alone, sister. Maybe all we need is a Star Wars egg mold?? ¯\_(ツ)_/¯
Silicone Fried Egg Molds
But if that doesn't work, at least we can fall back on good ol’ fried eggs and these fun silicone shape makers. They're also great for pancakes!
No time for food molding? This Happy Mat food tray makes the shape for you. Just add food and voila! The suctioned mat makes cleanup super easy.
Pastasaurus Pasta Server
Show kids just how fun plating up pasta can be with this Pastasaurus server. I see seconds in your future.
The Cook’s Carrot Whisk
With this carrot whisk, you’re going to have no problem getting a helper in the kitchen for meal prep. How cute is that? It’s going on Instagram.
Mrs. Food Face Kids' Ceramic Dinner Plate
Let kids dish up some fun with this awesome plate that makes funny faces with food. You’ll never have to say “stop playing with your food” again!
Mix things up at the dinner table and maybe get fussy eaters to try something new with these training chopsticks. Great fine motor practice for little hands, too!
Oxo Beaker Measuring Set
Turn any recipe into a fun science experiment with this beaker measuring set by Oxo (just don’t burn the house down). The slim cups are easy for kids to hold and pour.
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