Let them help decide what's for dinner based on what you have in the fridge and pantry. Then find age-appropriate tasks like washing, peeling and stirring to help turn those raw ingredients into a meal. One fun way to do this is on pizza night when you can prep the toppings and everyone can personalize their own mini pizzas.
Think about the colors, flavors and textures of a meal and how you can exaggerate them to heighten the sensory experience for education or fun — or both! Serve a dish typically accompanied by silverware and encourage those at the table to eat with hands instead. This is especially enjoyable with DIY very colorful spaghetti (tutorial below) — with or without sauce.
When all else fails, food on a stick is always a hit! Whether you use skewers, toothpicks or wooden craft sticks, there's just something amusing about food with a handle. Bonus if it includes something to dip it in. Try my meatball lollipops with easy marinara dipping sauce (recipe below).
Serves 6 to 8
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