I must admit, I have never had a problem getting my kids to eat a variety of fruits and vegetables. I know, though, that I am in the minority (don’t call it luck–it’s at least 95% training!) and that parents sometimes resort to all sorts of subterfuge to get their children to eat healthy. Ick. Please don’t hide spinach in your children’s brownies–it’s doesn’t pack that much of a nutritional punch and definitely doesn’t teach them to eat healthy.
Clare Crespo, along with Country Crock, has come up with a whole bunch of really fun recipes (kind of like food crafts) which could probably coax even the pickiest eater to take at least a tiny bite.
This year, the Jewish holiday of Purim takes place Sunday, March 20th. Hamentaschen, costumes and noisemakers (also called graggers or raashanim) are all huge parts of the festivities for all of the kids. This noisemaker is an easy project to do with even a young toddler…and you don't even need Purim as an excuse (what kidlet wouldn't like to me his or her own shaker?!) Tools needed: 1.plastic water bottle, Parmesan cheese shaker or other small plastic container with a top–washed well and dried thoroughly 2.a handful of Buttons, beads, beans, rice bells, pasta shapes or other small, hard objects that will make noise when you shake the noisemaker 3. A handful of other small objects that are just fun and cool to look at: pom poms, feathers, bent pipe cleaners, styrofoam peanuts, googly eyes, confetti, loose glitter etc. 4. Stickers & markers (window crayons work well for this!) to decorate the outside of the container 5. Gorilla Glue or Crazy Glue