• following directions
• bagels or rice cakes
• cream cheese (softened to room temperature)
• cherry tomatoes (sliced in half)
• black olives (sliced)
• 1 small bell pepper
• 1 small cucumber (sliced)
• 2 carrots (sliced thin in rounds)
• plastic knives
• small bowls
Explain to your child that he is going to make a tasty face. Let her know that there is no right or wrong way to create the bagel or rice cake face. She will get to pick and choose which vegetables she would like to use.
Set out all the ingredients and needed tools where your child can work safely. Wash and chop all the vegetables. Place them in small separate bowls. Place the rice cakes and bagels on a large plate. Invite your child to choose what she would like to use to create her face.
Model how to spread the cream cheese—it can be difficult for little hands to manage. Show your child how to start on one side and push down lightly as she spreads it across the bagel or rice cake. Explain that the cream cheese is the glue that will hold her funny face features in place.
Invite your child to create their masterpieces and enjoy when finished!
Remember: It’s important to be patient with children this age and provide guidance in a warm and unhurried manner. Praise your child for the work she is doing and let her make choices and decisions.
Encourage your child to try foods and give her opportunities to be a part of meal preparation. She can help make the grocery list and set the table. At the grocery store, your child can help by finding the items on the list.
Fairy Tale Feasts
by Jane Yolen and
Heidi E. Y. Stemple
(Interlink, 2006; $25)
Gifts to Make and Eat
by Elizabeth Macleod
(Kids Can Press, 2001; $7)
The Gingerbread Man
by Jim Aylesworth
(Scholastic, 1998; $17)