Feeding Therapy Blog Post: Fun Dishes To Encourage Eating

Fun Dishes To Encourage Eating

During feeding therapy, we use a number of games, toys and dishes to make eating more of a fun experience. Here are a few simple examples of fun dishes that may help your little one with feeding difficulties try some new foods. I personally bought one of the game plates for use at home with my kids and they fight over who gets the special game plate!

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Face plates such as this are sold on websites such as Amazon. For a cheaper version, try drawing a face on a paper plate.

 

 

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I love using fun forks and spoons to encourage pick eaters to try new foods. These are a few examples of forks that I have found successful in the clinic. Additionally, children love small appetizer forks that can be found at most dollar stores.

 

 

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This plate is available on Amazon and allows children to receive a special surprise once they work their way around the board trying each food.

 

 

 

Tips for using these plates:

  • Put small amounts of food on the plates.
  • Put foods that child enjoys as well as new foods on the plate.
  • Remember that “trying” a new food may be only smelling, kissing or licking it.
  • Allow your child to tell you where to put each food or better yet, have them place the food on the plate themselves.
  • Rotate the plate to other family members throughout the week so the whole family can enjoy it.
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    Jen – Feeding Therapist/Speech Pathologist