These days it's extremely difficult to get Gwen strapped in her high chair for breakfast. She gives a tortured expression when finally seated, and attempts to prison-break after a mere 3 minutes.
Turn breakfast into a sandwich art session with a cookie cutter!
It worked so well I almost couldn't believe it. I had to coax her out of her seat before bread in the house runs out 😂
Gwen's Reaction to the Activity
I demonstrated how the cookie cutter worked and made heart-shaped holes in a slice of bread. Gwen was so fascinated and reached out for the cookie cutter almost immediately to try it on her own.
I guided her hand and stamped the cookie cutter all over the bread. Then I left the bread in the cookie cutter for her to remove on her own. It must have seemed like a shape-sorter puzzle because she took out the bread and put it into the cookie cutter again. Repeat infinite times.
We ended up with excess heart-shaped bread which I kept in a lunchbox for subsequent meals.
This is a reminder to self that rather than fight or 'discipline' my child over something she clearly didn't want to do, I could exercise a little imagination to make a routine task fun and engaging. After all, young children need new stimuli to learn and explore with their senses.
How to Level-up This Activity for Older Toddlers
Use a variety of cookie cutters and different textured foods!
Also, use your creative juices to do some storytelling.
For instance - If your cookie cutters are dinosaur-shaped, tell a story about a land long before our time with all the stamped-out dinosaurs.
You can also incorporate nursery rhymes into this activity. "Five Little Ducks" is a fitting one. Each time a duck waddles off, have your child put the food into her mouth!
I hope this is a fun activity for your child. Share your experience with me via Instagram Direct Chat at @miraculove_sg or Facebook Group.
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Hi! I am Yunnie. I am the newly minted mama to a little baby girl and a mum friend to everyone on this special (and many times scary) journey of motherhood. Also a graduated bride with a penchant for weddings.