Food art plates

What: Morning tea or afternoon tea, sometimes lunch, served as curious and decorative plates.

An actual picture rather than a decorative collection. Kid 3 has insisted on eating their snow peas disassembled ever since. Kid 5 was pleased that they recognised it as a picture and talked about it a lot. Only about half of the plate was eaten each, but it got them considering what they’d be willing to eat and making some decisions for themselves, which I try to allow within reason.

More details: Food art is one of those things that very occasionally you have time for, but mostly you just look at pictures of other people doing it on Instagram, Pinterest or Facebook and think “my gods, how does anyone have the time for that?”. And usually I’m in the latter camp. But occasionally I squirrelled away the time to try, such as when we were visiting Grandma. It let me give foundations for later concepts such as matching shapes, colour themes, presentation of “cafe” food that we were serving. It also broke up the routine just a little, allowing me to introduce or reintroduce unusual foods and combinations and try and keep the variation going. Because, you never know what they’ll be willing to eat when they’re caught by surprise, and all the gods know they’re not willing to eat just about anything you give them. The other thing it did was occasionally give *me* a creative outlet or break in routine so I didn’t feel totally stultified by the constant and relentless demands of toddlers on my attention and energy. So yeah, this is one of those things that made *me* feel better, which I then justified afterwards (though the reasons are still good).

Stars. Star shaped flowers, bread with avocado, pieces of plum arranged with almonds. Kid 1 and Kid 3 were both amused at this. We also talked about how there was blue, red, yellow and green all together. Activities/moments like this let me get food into both of them despite one eating one thing and the other eating another. Over time they’ve learnt to negotiate with each other to swap bits, though they need more practice at that.

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