Little Man is a very picky eater. If you offer him something to eat that he’s unfamiliar with, he’ll politely say, “Nooooooo.” Eventually, we’ll get him to say, “No thank you,” but we’ll take what we can get for now.
One day, I was talking to Little Man’s speech therapist about his finicky eating. She suggested that I let him play in his food. At first, I was kinda grossed out about it. People are starving all over the world and who wants to waste food for a toddler to play in? But something happened that changed my mind.
Little Man and his therapist were drawing in shaving cream with their fingers on a lap tray. They were making letters and shapes in the cream. After Little Man got comfortable, he took a glob of shaving cream and stuck it in his mouth!
GROSS! I quickly went into first aid mode, trying to sterilize his mouth while he grinned and his therapist laughed. Apparently, he didn’t think it tasted too bad.
Maybe playing in his food will work after all…
Dear Therapist gave me a recipe for Edible Peanut Butter Playdough. The thought was that if he played in it, he’ll try it like he did with the shaving cream.
Here’s the recipe:
Edible Peanut Butter Playdough
18 oz of Peanut Butter
6 tbsp. of honey
1 1/2 cups of powdered milk
**I split the recipe in half**
Below are the ingredients I used:
Mix the peanut butter and honey well. Add powdered milk to the peanut butter and honey until it is workable with your hands. You can add raisins, nuts, candy, or whatever else you want to decorate it. Make sure everyone’s hands are super clean.
I mixed everything in a small bowl and put some wax paper on Little Man’s table.
Here’s what it looked like after I mixed everything together.
Little Man was apprehensive at first about touching it. After he got comfortable, he ended up getting messy. He kept wiping his hands on his clothes before I could catch him. Here are a few pics.
We had fun making happy faces and digging for raisins. Dear Hubby even joined the fun.
I bet you are wondering if Little Man sampled some of the playdough. Well, I’m sad to report that we weren’t even close to getting him to try it.
Dear Hubby and I tried all kinds of tactics to get him to try it. We ate the playdough (which was pretty good by the way), sang songs about it, and even put a little bit on his lips. We tried to get him to eat the raisins, but he refused because it had peanut butter on it and he couldn’t get it off.
Oh well. We’re going to keep trying. Eventually, Little Man will allow some new food to come to the party in his tummy…