In this food play activity, kids dip banana pieces into crumbs made out of fruit loops. This is easy, fun, relatively mess free, and a great way to entertain your kids while exposing them to foods and different textures!
1. Put some fruit loops (or anything that can easily be squished into crumbs) in a bowl. Other ideas are graham crackers, ritz type crackers, other cereals, etc. Slice up some bananas. The slices should be big enough for a child to hold onto. For a child that is working on exposure to different textures, you can keep part of the peel on for them to hold onto. Each child should have their own plate to squeeze crumbs onto.
2. Show your child how to squeeze the fruit loops into crumbs onto their plate. This is a good time to embed some academic goals. You can talk about colors, patterns, or work on counting skills just to name a few. This is also a great fine motor activity!
3. Show your child how to pick up the banana pieces and dip them into the crumbs. Bigger chunks of the fruit loops can also be pushed into the banana. Here, the child is exposed to touching different textures and the smell of the banana. This is a great fun way to expose a child that may have difficulties with combined textures or the softer texture of the banana without the pressure of eating it.
4. Encourage further interactions if and only if your child is ready. Remember, trying foods should be fun and gradual. The purpose is to create fun exposures to different foods and take the pressure of eating away. Depending on what your child is ready for you can try smelling the banana, licking the crumbs off, and taking different size bites. Have fun with this and take the cues from your child! Praise new interactions and talk about the characteristics of the food : How did it feel in your mouth? How did it smell? What was it like to chew it?
Please comment if you tried this and have any questions or feedback!