7 Ways to Include Children in Meal Taking

JUNE 25, 2012  /  ADINA BAILEY  / 

7 Ways to Include Children in Meal Taking

One of my most cherished items inspired me to compile this list of ways children can be included in meal taking.

When he was five, my oldest son made me a hand flower with a green pipe cleaner stem secured in a cup with play dough. My favorite part is that the fingers are glued into the sign for I love you.

You could help a child create this simple flower as a cheerful centerpiece to go along with a meal you are taking.

hand flower

Here are some other ideas for how to include a child in meal taking:

  1. Ask your child to color/draw a picture or make a homemade card for the meal recipient. These cute birds made from bottle caps could tweet, Get Well Soon!
  2. Print out the menu and let your child decorate it with stickers, markers, etc.
  3. Let your child select the dessert and make it together. Cookies are a great selection because you can make them on the day prior to your schedule meal.
  4. Ask your child to help you label the packaged meal items.
  5. Decorate a brown paper shopping bag with construction paper hearts or flowers and deliver the meal items in the cheerful bag.
  6. Make fun foods that will bring a smile to your helper and recipient. Here are two of our favorites: "Bacon and Eggs" and "Sealed with a Pretzel Kiss".

  7. Read other recent articles by Adina Bailey:

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Adina & Maureen
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