Spring has sprung here in Austin! Fig leaves are unfurling. Tight pomegranate buds are almost ready to bloom and mint is taking over my herb garden with a burst of early strength. Continue reading
Taste is simple and extremely complex. It is binary–I like it or I don’t–and infinitely nuanced. Continue reading
Sometimes all you need for food play is a simple cookie cutter and your imagination! In honor of the full moon today, I made one out of cheddar cheese. Continue reading
I was recently asked to come up with food play activities that could help kids learn to like sushi. I had so much fun coming up with ideas that I want to share them with you all for today’s Monday Funday!
When I think about introducing a specific new food, I find it helpful to come up with activities within the main categories of food play: building, deconstructing, making a picture, pretend play, games and cooking. Below are some ideas in each category to help your child learn about sushi!
It’s Valentines week and no matter how you feel about the holiday, I believe everyone could use a little extra love–always–and to add some easy, extra love to your food play, all you need is a heart-shaped cookie cutter! Continue reading
Our sense of smell triggers visceral, gut reactions. On a basic, sensory level we experience smells as good or bad. We want to move towards smells or away from them. Even our English words for smells evoke this dichotomy. They can be pleasant aromas or noxious odors. Continue reading
Learning about food can happen throughout the day in all experiences and books are a perfect way to learn anywhere, anytime! My promotional book arrived this weekend which made me think about all of the amazing children’s books out there that can help your child learn about food! Continue reading
We learn new skills by practicing them over and over, but often just the thought of repetitive drills feels daunting, discouraging and no fun at all. This is where games come in. When we make anything into a game, especially something we want to practice over and over like touching or tasting new foods, it’s suddenly, magically fun! We may even forget we’re working on a skill because we’re so focused on the game! Continue reading
As human beings we’re extremely sensitive to the vibrations of sound. We absorb sound through our whole bodies and register those vibrations through bone conduction, which means that sound vibrations make our bones vibrate and those vibrations are then picked up by our ears and brains.
A teacher of mine once casually mentioned this profound insight about our sense of hearing: We can’t block out sound. We don’t have earlids. Wow. So true. So how does our sense of hearing affect mealtimes? Continue reading