Getting Kids to Try New Foods

19 Apr

little kid eating a big hot dog - _MG_8863photo by Sean Dreilinger

I found this article in Kiwi magazine from Traci Paige Johnson, and I just had to share her three ideas with you! They’re fabulous! From this month’s edition:

FOOD ADVENTURER – Turn your child into a superhero (it’s better if you say FOOOOOOD ADVENTUREEEERRRR! in a superhero voice) by having her don special goggles, a cape, or whatever will lighten the mood as she takes her first bite of an unfamiliar dish. Kids are more apt to try a new food if they’re happy and relaxed.

THE REVIEWS ARE IN – Turn your dinner table into a talk show, ,with your child as the guest commentator. Hold up a pretend microphone and interview him: What does this new food look and smell like? What does it taste like? Does he give it a thumbs-up? A thumbs-down? A thumb to the side? Keep a chart with stickers to show how each new food was reviewed on each “episode” of your show.

YOUR LUCKY DAY – Bring one die to the table. Each person takes a turn rolling it: Whatever he rolls determines how many bites of the new food he has to try. Even if your child rolls a one, that’s okay: Try the food again tomorrow and hope for a six! The more times he tastes a food, the more his palate will get used to it – and start to like it.

I think Jenna would think all of these are fun, and trying all three will mix it up a little bit. I plan to start using these ideas ASAP. We’ll see how it goes. Fingers crossed!


Posted by on April 19, 2011 in G-tube issues, Jenna, Special Needs, Therapy


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3 responses to “Getting Kids to Try New Foods

  1. punkinmama

    April 20, 2011 at 12:49 pm

    Wow, these are actually really good suggestions. I get so frustrated with the typical “how to get your kid to try new foods” articles, because they either 1) must assume I have no brain or 2) don’t really understand how difficult trying new foods can be for some kids. These are actually quite creative and definitely worth a shot! Thanks for sharing!

    Oh, and I love your new design! 🙂

  2. PsychMamma

    April 20, 2011 at 1:05 pm

    I know!! I feel the same about most suggestions for getting kids to eat. That’s why I was so excited about these! She’s one creative woman! And, why didn’t I think of that?!

  3. Can Can Broom

    April 23, 2011 at 1:41 am

    So fun! My kids actually aren’t that picky, one has texture issues. But these are good ideas I can share with my preschool parents.


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