I created Tiny Food Explorers because I believe involving children in as many food related activities as possible is a great way for them to not only build a relationship with food but it also inspires them to make better food choices. Let’s celebrate and fuel their innate curiosity by exposing them to a world of healthy possibilities!
I believe the greatest gift you can give your children is the power of choice.
When you include children in the shopping of food and the preparation of meals, they begin to develop an attachment to where their food comes from, how it’s prepared and the impact it’s having on their health. Allowing kids to make their own choices helps them get excited about food!
In all my years of working with children I’ve noticed that telling them what’s good and bad doesn’t really work. You have to interact with them and expose them to a wide variety of food choices. I allow them to get their hands dirty and let them completely own what they are doing. By giving them responsibilities in the kitchen they feel much more empowered and they walk away with a sense of accomplishment. Cooking helps boost their confidence and self-worth, not to mention it’s the most important life-skill you can teach them.
More importantly, kid’s really enjoy it!
Let’s engage our children in the grocery shopping experience and avoid those meltdown’s in Aisle 6 😉 And remember that children are great imitators, so let’s give them something great to imitate!