by: Courtney Dodson, MS, OTR/L
During this time of social distancing, we are spending a lot more time at home. There are many activities at your house that can promote your child to become more independent in their developing skills. This includes making food together! A lot of children love to make crafts, so what is better than making crafts that you can explore or eat when you’re done? Plus, this is a great activity for the whole family to take part in and can include children of different ages and skill levels.
What are the benefits of creating food crafts?
KidsHealth states making snacks or meals with your child can promote basic life skills, encourage an adventurous palate, boost confidence, and help kids explore all of their senses (2014).
Making snacks/meals at home is a great activity for those with a limited diet or aversions to foods or textures where they can explore without the pressure of eating the craft. It allows for stress-free exposure to the feel and smell of the food in a motivating way. Food crafts also often combine preferred foods with non-preferred foods. When a non-preferred food is matched with a familiar preferred food, it increases the liklihood that a child might try a non-preferred food. Regardless if your child has difficulty with his/her diet, it is also a great way to work on multiple skills for children who are motivated by food. There are many categories of skills we can address by making snacks:
- Fine motor skills
- Visual motor skills
- Oral motor skills
- Sensory integration
- Visual perceptual skills
- Bilateral hand coordination
- Self-feeding skills
- Executive functioning skills
- Social skills
For more information on specific skills addressed in these categories, click the attachment below:
Four free food craft recipes:
Click below for 4 free food crafts!
Gavin, M.L. (2014, November). Cooking with preschoolers. KidsHealth. https://kidshealth.org/en/parents/cooking-preschool.html