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    Eat colors for fun

    Make a game out of eating foods with different colors. You go first and call out the colors you eat. Then let your child lead the game. Once you've decided on a color, try naming the food for added entertainment. Find details and other fun food games for kids to play during mealtime.

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    Transition through texture

    Transitioning your toddler to table food?

    • Offer them foods like small chunks of fruit, vegetables, and meat
    • Add crispy foods like crackers and wafers
    • Experiment with different tastes, textures, and smells
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    Proteins take shape

    Want your child to eat more grains and proteins?

    • Mix fun whole grain pasta shapes with his favorite veggies and a bit of cheese.
    • Mix small chunks of oat granola or fruit into yogurt.
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    Cookie cutter shapes

    Use cookie cutters to make cucumber stars or apple suns.

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    Foods can go crunch

    Foods that are crunchy can be fun. Try some of these:

    • Granola, unsalted nuts (not if your child’s allergic), popcorn
    • Roasted chick peas, trail mix
    • Sliced carrots, cucumbers, or peppers
    • Pretzel sticks or celery and peanut butter
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    Make a name

    If the name of a food sounds cool, kids might be more likely to eat it. Don't be afraid to come up with your own names.

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    Make sense of it

    Have your child try to guess a new food through smell and touch while blindfolded.

    • Let them guess again by taste (while still blindfolded)
    • Make a points system for how many they get right
    • Let them use other senses