7 ways to make food fun

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    Name that food

    Eating “Boris” Broccoli is a lot more fun that eating plain old broccoli.

    • Come up with fun, silly names for foods and encourage your kids to do the same
    • Try building a story around the “food characters” you create
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    Dining room manager

    If your child is not into being a chef, make him dining room manager. He can:

    • Fold the napkins into animals or shapes
    • Set the table
    • Call the family to dinner
    • Announce tonight's "specials"
    • Compliment the "chef"
    • Help put away the leftovers
    • Clean up the table
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    Play with your food

    Warning: This might get messy.

    Up for some friendly competition? Make a meal with colorful foods and have your family make works of art on their plates. Then vote for:

    • Best use of color
    • Most creative
    • Funniest, etc.
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    Kid’s choice (with a little supervision)

    Let your kids create the dinner menu every once in a while.

    • Have them pick out the ingredients
    • Let them help prepare the meal for the family
    • Eat enthusiastically, whatever it is
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    I bet you can’t

    Play a game of “I Bet You Can’t” with your kids. They’ll want to prove they can, so when they try the food, be sure to act amazed that they did. Enjoy a laugh.

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    Pizza, everyone?

    Get your kids to eat their veggies by letting them make their own mini-pizzas.

    • Set up an assembly line with a variety of veggies
    • Cut them into shapes they can use for decorations
    • Watch them eat every bite
    • For a more specific idea, find easy recipes for kids to make, including tortilla pizzas.
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    Grow a garden

    Then watch your kids gobble up the fruits and veggies when they’ve had a hand in growing and harvesting.