Monday, February 20, 2012

Let's Play With Our Food!

So the kids are bored and you are too. It's the kind of day when you just want to keep them happy (aka busy). What do you do for lunch on a day like today?


Start with a few hot dogs and some spaghetti. Cut the hot dogs into thirds and do the same with the spaghetti.

After making sure EVERYONE has clean hands, just let them do what kids do best.

Poke and prod and other words, LET THEM PLAY WITH THEIR FOOD!

You'll get some sweet relief - to empty the dishwasher or make a side-dish.

And the kids will be so intent on this rule-breaking 'game' that you won't hear a peep out of them...

well, maybe a GIGGLE or two!

Soon you'll have a table full of funny-looking critters like this.

I don't quite see it, but evidently a couple of these are WOODPECKERS!

Imagination can be a wonderful thing!

Now put these creations into the water you have boiling on the stove. Oh, didn't I tell you to boil some water? Well, you should have known these needed cooking...RIGHT? ha, ha

Bring to a boil and cook for about 8 minutes. Then turn off the heat, cover and let set for about 5 minutes more. This allows the spaghetti inside to soften.

Look at that SMILE! Add a small portion of spaghetti sauce (or ketchup) and let the eating commence.

Kids will ALWAYS eat better when they have had a HAND in the preparation. ::grin::

When you actually let them PLAY with their FOOD, it's a WIN - WIN situation.

Inspired by Pinterest