Small Child is always very enthusiastic about his fun lunches, and he often asks to make them himself too. When we have a bit of extra time in the morning I'm always happy to let him - he's learning great life skills in preparing food, learning about the food groups and how to make a balanced meal, which foods are healthy and which should be kept for the occasional treat and of course exercising his imagination and finding the joy in creativity. For today's lunch, Small Child raided my Halloween collection and had lots of fun decorating the lunch he had made.
For this lunch Small Child made himself a ham sandwich on granary bread, which he decorated with a plastic spider and an eyeball cupcake ring. On the side he packed sugar snap peas and red pepper sticks, which he cut up himself. I advised him to put something between the sandwich and vegetables to prevent the sandwich from going soggy, so he popped in a silicone lettuce leaf and a grass shaped silicone divider, then added a monster hand and skeleton cupcake pick to decorate. For 'pudding' he packed an apple, which I cored and sliced for him (we were running short on time by this point!) which he brushed with lemon juice to prevent browning and decorated with a wizard's hat cupcake pick. He also packed a serving of organic peach and apricot yoghurt topped with a home-made icing ghost (we made some of these with icing leftover from making our edible eyes!). He finished the lunch off with one of his favourite treats - rainbow yoghurt covered raisins.
Small Child ate every last scrap of this lunch, I think the pride in making it himself definitely helps his appetite!
Items Small Child used to make this lunch: