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Got a Picky Eater? These Crazy Fun Food Gadgets Will Fix That In No Time

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You’ll definitely be scoring some mommy points with these.

By Patricia Cunningham

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.

BUY FROM: Amazon, $10.95

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.

BUY FROM: Amazon, $9.95

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!

BUY FROM: Amazon, $4.55

CuteZCute Bento Animals

OMG, now you can’t stop. Is it time to get help?

BUY FROM: Amazon, $1.47

TriceraTACO Taco Holder

It’s Taco Tuesday, again! Go Jurassic with this awesome triceratops taco holder and make it memorable. Completely food safe.

BUY FROM: Amazon, $12.95

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!

BUY FROM: Amazon, $19.97

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.

BUY FROM: Buy Buy Baby, $8.99

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)_/¯

BUY FROM: Amazon, $9.73

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!

BUY FROM: Amazon, $13.79

Happy Mat

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.

BUY FROM: Buy Buy Baby, $19.99

Pastasaurus Pasta Server


Show kids just how fun plating up pasta can be with this Pastasaurus server. I see seconds in your future.

BUY FROM: Amazon, $13.29

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.

BUY FROM: Amazon, $15.00

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!

BUY FROM: Amazon, $13.00

Training Chopsticks

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!

BUY FROM: Amazon, $17.99

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.

BUY FROM: Target, $10.99

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