Why You Should Let Your Child Play with Food

Why You Should Let Your Child Play with Food

"Don't play with your food." We've all heard it, many of us have said it. But why? Playing with food can offend for several reasons; it's considered poor etiquette in many cultures and if you play with it and don't eat it, it's a waste. 

But play is the way children learn about new things. An unfamiliar food can become familiar if a child is allowed to smell it and feel its texture before committing to eating it. Even if they don't eat it the first or second time, the act of becoming familiar with a food is crucial - many children won't eat novel foods. 

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If at First You Don't Succeed, Try 15 Times

If at First You Don't Succeed, Try 15 Times

It's understandable that as a busy parent, you don't keep offering the same food if your child rejects it - after all, you want them to eat something and there aren't enough hours in the day to prepare food that just ends up on the floor or in the bin. 

If your child is not otherwise fussy, it might not be worth offering a certain food many times - children often reject foods which have caused them stomach upsets in the past, for example, and this might be due to an intolerance or allergy. 

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