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Eating for wellbeing

 

 

Pick your own

 
  Visit a farm or ‘pick your own’ site with your child. This can help them understand how food is grown, picked and delivered to the shops. Picking their own fruit or vegetables can make them feel they have contributed to a meal and may make them more enthusiastic about eating it.  
     

 

 

Grow your own

 
  Try growing some herbs or salad vegetables. You can do this in pots if you don’t have a garden. This can help children understand where food comes from and can help them get excited about food and eating.  
     

 

 

Helping to cook

 
  Involve your child in cooking their meal. Even the youngest child can help wash vegetables or sprinkle cheese on a pizza. Older children can make packed lunches or sandwiches. Teenagers can help decide what to eat for dinner and work with you to cook it. The more children know about how food is prepared, the more likely they are to eat it. And being involved in cooking will help to improve their sense of independence and confidence.  
     

 

 

Dinner Time!

 
 

Make fun models of your favourite meals.

What you need:

  • Paper plates
  • Tissue paper in food colours (shades of green, brown, yellow, red, and orange)
  • String and wool in food colours
  • Cotton wool balls
  • Foam packaging chips
  • Corrugated card from old boxes
  • Any other junk that could look like food
  • PVA glue
  • Thick paint brushes for the glue
  • Safe containers for the brushes
  • Paint
  • Anti-topple water containers for paintbrushes
  • Felt-tipped pens
  • Safety scissors.

What you do:

  • Give everyone a paper plate and ask them to use the craft supplies to make a model of their favourite dinner, without telling anyone else what they’re making.
  • The tissue paper can be used with the glue to help colour the model food, or it can be rolled into balls and other foodie shapes.
  • When the ‘dinners’ have been finished, rinse the glue brushes, tidy up the craft supplies and throw away the rubbish.
  • Then sit down together and see if you can guess what everyone likes for dinner.

Some things to talk about together:

  • What do you like best about eating together?
  • How can you make meals that everyone likes when everyone likes something different?
  • What’s your least favourite food?
  • What’s the funniest thing you’ve ever done when someone gave you food that you didn’t like?
  • What’s your favourite celebration meal? A summer barbeque, Christmas dinner, Burns Night, Shrove Tuesday (Pancake Day), a picnic, a special festival meal, bonfire night, a birthday party...

Other ideas:

  • Create your favourite meal out of coloured play dough or Plasticine.
  • Cut pictures of food from magazines and stick them onto your paper plates to make your favourite meal.
  • Make pictures or models of your favourite cakes and desserts instead of dinners.
  • Make a display of your ‘dinners’ in the kitchen at home or in the dining area at school.
 
     

 

 

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