The goal of this activity is to increase your child’s tolerance, exploration, and consumption of non-preferred foods.
Growing My Skills
Watch Groovy Joe Ice Cream and Dinosaurs with your child.
Spend time commenting on how Groovy Joe shared ice cream with each of dinosaur’s friends, and how it can be fun to share and eat with friends.
Present your child with a meal, one food at a time, including both preferred and non-preferred foods
With each food presented, allow for your child to explore via touch, smell, and/or taste.
You can narrate the child’s exploration by describing the food’s color, texture, temperature, size, shape, etc.
Model each stage of exploration, including touching, smelling, licking, and ultimately biting.
If your child does not progress up to consumption for a food, that is OK! Tell your child that he can share the (remaining, non-touched) food with you, a nearby stuffed animal, or an “all done” bowl.
This activity allows for feeding targets including increased tolerance, exploration, and ultimately consumption of non-preferred foods.