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Fred & Friends Food Faces Plate- Make Mealtimes Fun

Hey Mommies! Mealtimes are something that all parents seems to struggle with at one point or another. As a pediatric occupational therapist, I deal a lot with feeding and mealtimes with kiddos, and I’m always look for ways to make mealtimes fun.

A few yeras ago, before having a child of my own, I came across these Fred & Friends Food Faces Plates and thought they were awesome!! There’s a girl version and boy version.

Some kids are so sensitive to certain foods that they won’t even touch or interact with them. I thought these plates could be a great way to get kids involved with foods and meal prep, and could help make foods less scary or intimidating. These plates also help take some of the pressure off eating and allow kids to just be silly and creative which is sometimes the first step in getting kids to eat.

I got a few of these plates as gifts a few years ago and actually never had the opportunity to use them with any of the kids I worked with. So, the other night, I got one out and tried it with my 2 1/2 year old son.

Fortunately for me, my son is a pretty good eater, so I did this just for fun and something new to try.

I prepped a cute little veggie food face with cucumbers, tomatoes, and onion (all things my son typically eats), and was super proud of myself for being creative. I’m actually not that creative/artistic of a person so I was feeling pretty good about my creation. (see below) 🙂

wpid-wp-1447542575019.jpegI was all excited, called my son over, and told him I had a surprise for dinner! He sits down at the table, looks at his Food Faces plate and looks freaked out!!

My husband and I, all excited, ask him “What do you think?!?!”

His response, “I don’t like it. Can I have a different plate? I need a regular plate.”

Of course my son wouldn’t like it. After spending a few minutes trying to encourage him and tell him how cool it was, we gave up and gave him a regular plate, where he did eat all his veggies. So yay for that at least!

While my son wasn’t a fan of the Food Faces Plate, I still think they are pretty cool! I probably should have tried showing him the plate and involving him in the process of making the face to get him more into it. My son also has a weird fear of mannequins right now, so maybe a food face was just a little too much for him. Or may have just been his mood that night. Who knows!

I still think these Food Faces Plates are a great idea and may be something to try if you have a picky or sensitive eater. As I stated above, they can help get your child involved in the process of prepping meals and allow for some fun and creativity during mealtimes. These could also just be a really cute gift idea for a kiddo besides just another toy!

What do you think? Has anyone else ever seen or tried these plates with their kiddos?? Let me know in the comments below!

By: Emily Bettis, MOT/L

Emily Bettis, MOT/L is a pediatric occupational therapist and mother. She has been working with children birth-5 since 2008 and has been a mother since 2013. Emily is the founder and author