Showing posts with label Food games. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Food games. Show all posts

Sunday, June 5, 2016

Food Gamble

We came up with a new game for taking bites! This one is kind of silly but let me tell you, it worked. Every Saturday we like to have pizza for lunch or dinner.  Every Saturday I need to find something else to feed that dude.  I will do it, but we would like for him to join us.  Now slowly but surely he is starting to accept pizza. Hooray! However, he does not eat it without a playing a game to take each bite.  I tried using the Dinner Winner Plate again, but this time it did not interest him too much.  He is the one who suggested playing a "bite game," so I remember he was playing with a die he found in my husband's desk and thought that would be a good way to get his interest in the pizza.

There's no trick to it.  It is a pretty straight forward game. But it was fun playing it.  We will certainly bring it back next time we need him to eat something he is rejecting. 

- a hungry kid
- food you want the hungry kid to eat
- one die
- sense of humor

First assign an action to each side of the die.  These can be silly things like touching the tip of your nose, tapping your ears, etc.  Also assign one number for taking a bite.  This is an example of what we assigned to each number, but you can certainly choose different actions in your family. My only suggestion is choose actions that you can do without getting up.

1. take a bite
2. touch the tip of your nose
3. blow a kiss
4. tap your ears
5. blow a raspberry
6. wink 

This game might work better with bigger kids, but you can try for any age.

Let me know what actions you chose together in your family.  It was hard for us to be creative and come up with things that didn't involve getting out of the chair.  I can think of a dozen of things we can do, but it would take so much longer if anything involved standing up and then getting back down to eat.  I guess you can do it if you don't mind your kid getting up and down all the time. I'm curious to hear what you guys come up with!!

We let my daughter play too just to include her, but she certainly didn't need any incentive to eat hers, as you can see... (smiley face)

Thursday, May 19, 2016

Heads and Tails

As the parent of a picky eater, you face many struggles on the daily to get your kid to eat.  I am there every day, every meal. I often joke asking "why do they need to eat 3 meals a day?" Of course I'm just kidding and I'm just referring to the struggle that we have getting kids to eat. I bet you can relate, a meal that should take 15-20 minutes lasts an hour because you have to beg and plea and implore for your kid to take one bite. I get it, I'm usually right there with you.

But why if it didn't need to be a struggle every single time? We learned one game that has served us well and hopefully will do the same for you. It is so mundane and simple that you probably have all you need at the bottom of purse.  It is a simple flip the coin game, but you and your kid decide which food bite your kid will take with heads and with tails.

The coin game works best with 2+, when you choose between two foods, and if your kid likes games (which let's be honest, which kid doesn't like to play a little game at meal time).

I was so surprised when I saw the therapist using this game with my son and him actually looking forward to the next bite.  Be prepared to chase the coin all over the place, they tend to throw it all over the place and not really flip it like you're supposed to.  And I'm not responsible for flying coins that might hit you... it just comes with the territory. Wouldn't you take a few hits of the coin if your kid is eating?

The Game

So basically if you ever flip a coin for anything, you know how to play the game.  Hard to explain, huh!? You just assign Heads or Tails to the foods before starting to eat, so there's no confusion on the kids head.  So I usually let my son choose what he wants to eat when it lands on Tails and when it lands on Heads.  That way he feels that he has control over his choices.

Not too happy with the selection

Playing the game made it a little better

He finished it... see the struggle?

This day picture here we went to eat out with friends.  It was a new place and he was not used to the way they prepare the quesadilla.  So he did not really want to eat it.  I pull out the coin and he chose one side for the broccoli and the other side for the quesadilla.  As you can see, not much later he was finished and we were all happy.  Well... at least I was!

Try it next time! I would love to hear how it worked out for you! Hope this helps!