Can a special plate cure picky eating? Well, no. Picky eating, typically a natural part of child development, doesn’t magically disappear. But new kitchenware, gadgets, and tools can bring FUN to the table–something that might be sorely missing if you’ve been battling with your kids over bites of broccoli. And sometimes, lightening the mood with a little fun is just what the doctor ordered.
I recently did a round-up of 10 Tools to Help Picky Eating for the Inspired Home blog. One of those tools was this Dinner Winner plate from Fred & Friends. It comes in multiple designs, including Enchanted Forest and Supper Hero, and mimics a game board complete with a finish line that holds a surprise.
I had an extra plate, so I gave it to a friend of mine who’s had many mealtime trials and tribulations with her young son. She gave the plate a glowing review. Here’s what she said:
My son has really loved the Winner Dinner plate. One of our issues with him is not staying focused on eating, as well as the limited variety. There is NO question his food quantity has increased when he uses the plate – he definitely eats way more when he uses it. He’s very particular about the path — he requires no repeats (you can’t include the same food in more than one square) and he does eat them in order. He gets engrossed in the process, and loves the treasure hunt aspect of it. We don’t use it everyday, but it is definitely something we use weekly. As far as variety, we have branched out to add a few new foods and he has actually eaten them! I’d say it has definitely been a very positive improvement for our very picky 4 year old.
The plate also has hundreds of positive Amazon reviews from fans, including parents of children with Autism (and even someone who said it has helped her 88 year old mom who lives in a nursing home!).
Here’s how I’d recommend using the plate:
- Follow my friend’s lead and let your child set the rules. If he wants to eat everything in order, great. Prefers to bop around? Also fine. Wants to roll a dice or make cards to draw? Have at it.
- Fill the slots with different foods or small amounts of the same foods scattered around the board, which encourages variety. Or better yet, let your child fill the spaces himself with the food available from the meal.
- Not to be the fun police, but I’d avoid putting sweets at the finish line, which equates dessert with a reward. Some alternate ideas: a few gorgeous berries, a love note from you, or a sticker. And don’t require a certain number of bites (or your child to finish the food in all the spaces) to get his surprise.
The point is to have fun!
Want to try this plate with your little eaters? I’m happy to host a giveaway for a Dinner Winner plate for five Real Mom Nutrition readers (in the design of your choice). Enter to win by filling out the Rafflecopter entry below.
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