With many kids currently at home either doing home schooling or online learning, parents have gone from a bowl of cereal and rushing out the door to having to make three meals a day. There is only so much rice and pasta you can make before kids get bored and you feel like you are serving the same thing day after day… so, how about letting them create and make their own breakfasts and lunches!
Make It A Stealth Learning Exercise
This can be a fun way for your kids to get creative and use their imaginations. You can also include learning into the activity by having your kids:
- Do a costing exercise to find out how much it would be to purchase everything they need,
- Plan and organise their lunches for the whole week,
- See how artistic they can be with preparation and presentation,
- Have a discussion about nutrition and healthy eating habits
Cut, Arrange and Design
There are endless ways that kids can get creative with their breakfasts and lunches, cutting pancakes and bread for sandwiches into shapes to make animal faces or arranging fruits into fun and artistic designs.
Start with a box of cookie cutters to see what various shapes they can use to be creative with. “Eggs in a nest” are a super quick and easy meal that kids will enjoy helping you make. Depending on their age, children can cut out toast centers with various cutters and then crack eggs into the middle, or flip the toasts to fry both sides, they can be filled with anything from scrambled egg to peanut butter. The magical fairy bread never ceases to impress during these long home school days!
Kids can make their own yoghurt bowls at home, you can just set out yoghurt, fruit, granola or pieces of their favourite cereal or any other topping that you have and let them build their own bowls. Hard boiled eggs are always a winner with toast shapes or bacon/veggie strips, this will not only delight them but could keep them occupied for a while!
You could make the whole breakfast and lunch experience into a creative competition with a weekly award given at the end of the week for the funniest or most artistic lunch.
Fun Frozen Delights
And…what’s not to love about a healthy, filling smoothie with only four ingredients? Kids can help to cut up or select their favourite fresh or frozen fruits which can be blended with yoghurt to make them taste like milkshakes. You could drive discussions on nutrition and how individual fruits contain different types of vitamins or the minerals in the yoghurt, such as calcium and magnesium. You could even allow older kids to research the super foods and ask them to recount their learning at dinner. This could springboard into a discussion on what each of the vitamins do and which parts of the body benefit the most and why.
During the COVID-19 crisis, it’s a good idea to discuss their immunity, what this means and how to ensure to keep their bodies fit and healthy so that they can fights off colds or viruses. Check out ‘The Kids Menu’ on Netflix which is an updated kid friendly documentary about how healthy eating, especially in childhood, is very important.
Another idea that is really popular with kids is to let them create around their favourite movies, maybe a FROZEN themed lunch box or a unicorn sandwich. They could even make and print their own lunch box notes or draw small pictures to accompany each meal. This can also be a good start for fussy eaters to take a little control over what they like to eat and try new things, for some reason carrots always taste better when kids think they are snowmen’s noses!
Don’t Forget Desert
On our last word, let’s not forget the chocolate as after all it’s only chocolate that will get us through this! Brownies, muffins, s’mores and stacked squares can be kept for a weekend treat and don’t knock the boxed brownie mixes with a variety of toppings as they could well become your best friend in the ensuing weeks!
How To Videos
Here are several videos that should make implementing food fun a snap:
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