Good table manners, aka etiquette, used to include the direction Don’t Play With Your Food !
However, a number of books for children challenge that maxim as way to engage children in enjoying food. A list of titles by Joost Elffers and Saxton Freyman such as Gus and Buttons, Food Play, How Are You Peeling, and Play With Your Food are especially effective with young, “picky” eaters.
Another book has just come out to join this literary canon, Funny Food, by Bill and Claire Wurtzel (Welcome Books).
This collection of 365 Fun, Healthy Silly Creative Breakfasts can engage the most finicky eater! And for the artistically shy, the Wrutzel’s even include some tips on how to construct your own “funny food.” You can see Bill and Claire give a workshop here.
for more books to engage children in all aspects of food, visit Cornucopia Collection