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Toddler DIY - Play with Your Food

Welcome to another week of Toddler DIY! I started these posts two weeks ago and there are more to come! Each Thursday (hopefully) I will share a craft, project, art, recipe that Eliada, my 4 year old practically created herself! We do lots of things together, we hardly leave each others side, and with this post we will share some of them with ya'll. Head on over to my Youtube channel, where I will be sharing a few clips of the project and then come back to the blog to see the materials and instructions on how to recreate it yourself!

Today is Eliadas 1/2 birthday! She is 4 and a half today! So when she woke up she said she wanted pancakes. Whenever we have pancakes, we love to decorate. So I thought, "What a great DIY!"


What you'll need:

An imagination
Your favorite toppings (strawberries and bananas, nuts, granola)
Pad and pen
An appetite
Fork and knife


So, right from the beginning she grabbed the bull by the horns. She opened the freezer and grabbed the box of Van's buttermilk pancakes. It was a new box, so she went right a head and opened it up. I had to help her with the plastic packaging and grabbed a ceramic plate. We heated three (70seconds), so we counted "1, 2, 3....6, 7) and she pushed START! As it was heating we grabbed the syrup, chocolate sauce, bananas and strawberries. The pancakes were ready and Eliada arranged them as she liked, like Micky Mouse, of course!

Have an adult slice or chop the toppings for you and then have your toddler arrange them and "Play with their Food" as they like. Of course, it's important to teach them that once they start eating, it's not playing time anymore. By the time the food is done, they'll be pretty hungry anyways!

Watch this short clip of Eliada making Mickey Mouses' face!

Mommy drizzled some chocolate sauce on top of the pancakes and then Eliada spotted some granola, so we added that as well and then went to town! She ate almost everything. When kids get to get down and dirty in the kitchen they are more likely to eat their food!

Here are some pics of lunch and dinner today as well!

Did you know it's "Talk like a Pirate Day?!" SO we had pirate for lunch. with a side of leftover chicken and strawberries.

And for dinner.... Chicken spaghetti! Eliada loves noodles and she loves them even more when they are different colors! Plus I add peas, bell peppers and tomatoes and she eats them with no problem. Does she know she's eating them? Not so much, but it works!

I made more purple because she wants to have some for lunch tomorrow too!

Check out the links below about all sorts of different ideas you can use to get your kids involved in the kitchen more; as well as my Pinterest board for "Bento Lunch Ideas." So feel free to check it out. Oh and follow me on Instagram, i'll post the girls lunch's on there some days.

My Bento Pinterest Board

Edible Art

Very Hungry Catapillar post


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