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Picky-Eater Menu Planner

Duration: any

Age: toddler, child, parent

Skill for Bub: Mind Builder


Hard-to-please eaters will love helping to plan their own meals.

Tired of being a short-order cook? Involving your child in the menu-planning process might encourage him to eat a little better.

  • On a piece of poster board, draw a graph with the days of the week across the top and mealtimes (breakfast, lunch, snack, and dinner) down the right side.
  • Allow your child to decide which foods he would like to eat by offering him two choices per meal (e.g. for lunch: chicken roll sandwich or peanut butter). Be sure to ask what kind of vegetables he would want to eat as well. While he may not always eat them, he’ll learn that vegetables are an important part of each meal.
  • While you are filling in the columns, let your child decorate the planner with crayons and stickers.
  • If he either eats a decent amount of his chosen food or makes it “all gone,” reward your child with lots of praise and by putting a gold star or smiley face sticker on the box for that meal.