Fun with food

Parents know that nutritious food can taste delicious but kids may be more inspired to take a bite when the plate looks great. Simple changes in presentation of their meal make it more fun for kids – and grown-ups – to eat what is good for them. But this doesn’t have to make more work for Mom and Dad. Take your family’s meals from drab to fab by getting the kids involved in creating a plate they want to eat… with play!

Playing with your food is coming back into style. Parenting magazines and websites are featuring recipes like “Pear Penguins” that kids can cook or assemble themselves when the ingredients are presented to them as craft materials for their food art adventure. The results are as beautiful and fun as they are nutritious and tasty. Then when the kids go back to school – some even start next week! – they can take a fun food fest with them in a Bento-inspired lunch box. This popular Japanese trend of dressing up food to go is sweeping American schools and workplaces with a new cool-factor around homemade meals.

A great place to start is by challenging why you shouldn’t play with your food. Who said so? Then just jump in AND get your hands dirty. Start playing with your veggies tomorrow at the FREE Boston Children’s Museum’s “Family Day of Play – Play with your Bird’s Eye Veggies” event from 10am to 4pm. When you take pictures of all the fun plates your family creates, share your masterpieces with the Kohl’s and Boston Children’s Hospital’s Healthy Family Fun Program by posting your pictures to our Facebook page.

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