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I organised several games and activities for my sister’s Pink Flavoured Baby Shower and they were a whole lot more successful than I had anticipated! Everyone really got into the spirit of things and they were great fun, as well as bringing all the guests who didn’t know each other together.
The first game I’m going to tell you about is ‘Guess The Baby Food’. And if you’re thinking, “OMG, do we have to eat baby food?!” Let me tell you yes, yes you do!
2015 Update – By request, I’ve added these as free printables for you to download here: Guess The Baby Food Game – Baby Shower Free Printable
It was a fun game…even if a little on the gross side – do we really feed babies this jarred stuff? Blech! Everyone joined in, except for me, because, you know. Answers… >_>
It’s easy enough to set up – you just need a little preparation! I bought 6 jars of baby food – 3 savoury and 3 sweet. You could have more or less if you like, but it felt like a good amount. It’s best to try and get varying flavours if you can.
To keep the jars a mystery you will need to take off the labels. I created some custom labels to stick on, but you could just as easily use sticky labels that you write numbers (or letters on) and keep tally of what is what on a hidden sheet of paper.
What I did, was put each label into a corresponding envelope to reveal when everyone had made their choices.
I also made a sign to sit next to the game, along with answer sheets. But you can be as creative (or non-creative!) as you like!
I also provided lots of plastic teaspoons so as not to double dip! Initially, the weather was looking a little suspect on the morning of the baby shower, so I set everything up inside, eventually, as the sun came out to play, we all moved outside, including the games!
When game time came around, I removed the jar lids, and gave out some paper plates for people to scoop food onto to taste from. It was quite amusing to watch people’s reactions to the taste of the food and to hear their guessing of what each jar was!
I think you only have to look through the reaction photos to know how this one worked out!! It was hilarious, and if you’re holding a baby shower for someone, I encourage you to give this game a try!
You will have to excuse the minging-ness of my garden in the outside photos – it really needs ‘doing’!
|Mummy and Daddy to be start the proceedings!|
|My brother is keen to start with|
|Eventually he proclaims that the food tastes like feet!|
|My brother’s face in the background cracks me up!|
|My brother-in-law thinks “what the hell is this?!”|
|Then he thinks “hmm, not bad!”|
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16 games and experiments with food
The main way children learn about the world is through play. And food games are no exception. We grew up in the belief that food is a special value, it is not a toy. But it is important for our children to play. It is by playing that the child learns, develops interest, begins to trust food more. How to separate games with food and games while eating, says the author of the book "Baby Food: One Meal for the Whole Family" nutritionist Alexandra Sitnova.
Great importance of play
Play important and useful for the child's food interests and eating habits:
- playing with toy foods, feeding dolls and bears outside the child's meals;
- pouring cereals, sorting vegetables and fruits by color, size;
- product experiments;
- pouring water, soup, juice, milk from one container to another, even while eating: if a child pours water from a glass into a plate, this is normal;
- clenching food in a fist, spreading fingers on a plate, drawing with a finger on porridge - this is also normal;
- endowing food with the properties of toys (bitten a cutlet to make a dinosaur, laid out a Christmas tree from a cucumber, blinded a typewriter from mashed potatoes).
If a child came up with such a game himself, that's fine. All this helps the child to learn the tastes and textures, the properties of food, endow it with some qualities, and therefore make it his friend. Such games can be very dirty, but the sooner the child goes through all the stages of food games, the wider his diet will be. Children who were not allowed to play with food at an early age may show more pronounced rejection of new foods and try to play with food at an older age when they find themselves in a children's group.
What not to do?
Interferes with a good relationship with food:
- feeding toys during the child's meals, because most often, while the child is feeding the bear, the mother quietly feeds the child;
- toys that distract the child from eating: from rattles for the little ones to a teapot with lights, which are turned on for the child to eat;
- meals in the room where the child usually plays;
- dishes with play elements: plates with a secret bottom where a toy is hidden, forks and spoons in the form of excavators and airplanes;
- parents making toys out of food: carving bears out of apples, drawing muzzles on porridge, celery palms, and cars out of carrots and peas.
In these cases, the child does not learn food through play, but is distracted from eating by play. He does not study textures, tastes, aromas.
Try the following food games that your little ones and those who are just starting school will love.
Vegetable and Fruit Guessing Bag
Place some vegetables - real or toy - in a fabric bag or pillowcase. Ask your child to feel the bag and guess what vegetables are in it. In the next step, you can invite the child to put his hand in the bag and try to guess again. A variant of this game would be the Blindfold Guess the Vegetable game. Blindfold the child and put a vegetable in his hands. Let the child guess what kind of vegetable it is by touching, smelling, and maybe tasting it. Don't miss your round and try to guess what your child put in the bag.
Letter of the week
Every week, try a product with a certain letter, or include the maximum number of products with that letter in the menu. For example, from products with the letter M, do not forget about milk, raspberries, tangerines, carrots, meat and pasta.
Guess the odd one
Name or write four words, including three vegetables or fruits, and one extra word. For example: "carrot, potato, cat, onion." Ask your child to find the odd word. Make the game harder by using a word that is also food. For example: "celery, peppers, carrots, yogurt." Ask the child why the extra word doesn't fit the rest of the group.
Host a theme day
Offer to try different variations of the same product by hosting theme days. For example, on Apple Day, offer green apples, red apples, dried apples, celery apple soup, apple duck, applesauce, apple juice, and even apple ice cream.
Guess the food
“I am thinking of a food that starts with a letter…” Give additional clues such as color, shape, texture, etc. until the child can guess what the food is. Now let the child guess the product, and you will guess.
A video of the Raisin Meditation can be easily found on YouTube, but we will provide a simplified version for children. Choose a time when your child is not too hungry and suggest trying familiar foods again. After a few such workouts, you can move on to new foods that the child has not eaten before. Complete all steps with your child.
Hold the zest or the product of your choice. Consider it. What is she? Describe the color, size, shape, any irregularities. Is she cold or warm? Soft or hard? Smooth or rough? Smell the "flavor". What is her scent? What does she look like? Is it a sweet flavor, salty, sour? Move the "highlight" away from the nose. Do you smell the scent now? Put in your mouth. Don't chew, don't swallow. Just hold it in your mouth for a few seconds. What does the "raisins" taste like? What other product does it taste like?
Now chew. What sound do you hear when you chew? Is the product crunchy or not? Is it easy for you to chew? Is the product soft or hard? Or maybe it's sticky? Is he hot or cold? Chew carefully, feel the taste, describe it: sweet, very sweet, sweet and sour, salty, bitter… Swallow. What do you feel in your mouth? Is there a taste of "raisins" left? Want to eat another one?
Experiments and experiments
All children like experiments and experiments. Try the following food experiments with your child. He can be both a participant in the experiment and an observer. The child will be able to touch food, examine it, study its properties and become interested in it.
Salted Potato Experiment
Fill two small bowls with water and add a few teaspoons of salt to one of them. Label both bowls so you know which one contains the salt water. Cut the potatoes in half and place each half cut side down in a bowl. Leave for about 30 minutes and see what happens: the salt water will draw the water out of the potatoes, causing them to shrivel. Explain to the children that just as potatoes lose water when they are put in a salty solution, salty foods and drinks make people thirsty.
Red cabbage experiment
You will need red cabbage, baking soda, vinegar, water and three glasses. Finely chop the red cabbage, pour a glass of boiling water. Pour cold water into glasses. In the first, add a teaspoon of soda, in the second - a teaspoon of vinegar. Leave the third with clean water. Strain the red cabbage solution and divide into three portions. Pour a third of the solution into a glass of vinegar water, a third into a glass of soda water, and a third into a glass of clean water. The vinegar solution will turn red, the soda solution will turn blue, and in the third glass the solution will turn purple. Red cabbage juice acts as an indicator of acid-base balance, changing its color. Mix vinegar and soda solutions. You will notice the release of air bubbles, after which the solution will turn purple.
Paper clip and water experiment
You will need a glass of water, a drop of dish soap and a paper clip. Take a paperclip and carefully place it on the surface of the water. It will not sink due to the surface tension of water. If you drop a drop of dishwashing detergent, the surface tension will loosen and the paperclip will sink.
Sinking - not sinking
Fill a large bowl with water, take an apple without cuts or dents and put it in the water. The apple doesn't sink. It contains a lot of air, which allows it to float on the water. Put a pear in the same bowl and it will sink. The pear contains less air, and therefore cannot float on the surface of the water. Take a ripe pumpkin or melon, you will need a very large bowl of water or even a bucket. Put the pumpkin or melon into the water. Despite the fact that the fetus is very heavy, it does not sink, just as a person who takes air into his lungs does not drown.
Vegetable oil and water experiment
Vegetable oil does not mix with water. Take half a glass of water, add a few tablespoons of oil and try to beat it with a fork - there will be droplets of oil on the surface. Now try to do the same with a blender, and you will see that the oil has mixed with water - the liquid has become homogeneous. But as soon as you stop whipping, after a few seconds, the oil will again gather at the surface of the water. Water is denser and sinks to the bottom, while oil is less dense and therefore rises. By adding some food coloring, you can make a homemade lava lamp.
Prepare colored foam. To do this, cut the lemon in half, make several cuts on the slices. Add dots of different colors of food coloring to different parts of the lemon. Sprinkle lemon with baking soda. After a few seconds, foam will begin to stand out, the reason for this is the mixing of soda and acid. The same reaction occurs when we want to bake fluffy pancakes and add soda and vinegar or soda and lemon juice to the dough. Even with kefir, soda interacts, releasing foam.
Experiment with an orange
Like an apple, an orange does not sink in water. Take a large bowl of water and put a whole orange in it. It will float on the surface. Now take out the orange, wipe it with a napkin and peel it. Put it in the water again - it will sink. The porous peel of an orange helps it stay on the surface of the water due to air molecules. As soon as we remove the peel, the orange loses its aerial protection.
Why does an apple darken?
Cut the apple into six pieces. Place an apple slice into six cups. Add water to the first glass, milk to the second, apple cider vinegar or wine vinegar to the third, baking soda to the fourth, lemon juice to the fifth, and nothing to the sixth. Sign each cup and leave for 2-2.5 hours. Only an apple in lemon juice will not darken. It darkens when exposed to air. Lemon juice contains a lot of vitamin C, which is the first to react with air and break down, while the apple remains protected.
Wash your hands before eating
Take four ziplock bags, four large paper napkins and four slices of fresh bread. Wet wipes and place one in each bag. Hold one piece of bread with dirty hands, then put it in a bag and fasten it. Treat your hands with sanitizer and hold the second piece for a minute or a little longer, put it in the second bag and also fasten it. Wash your hands thoroughly with soap and hold the third piece of bread, then put it in the bag, zip it up. Take the fourth piece of bread with clean baking tongs or two forks and, without touching it with your hands, put it in a bag, then fasten it.
Leave each piece of bread at room temperature for a week or more and see which piece gets moldy the fastest.
Show the children how plants transfer water from roots to leaves by placing cabbage leaves in a food coloring solution. Gradually, the sheet will turn into the color that the solution in the glass will have.
with words and pictures. Board games on paper
It often happens that the children and I find ourselves somewhere in a boring place, and, unfortunately, there is nothing to do: there is no book, no ball, no toys. But there is a notebook and pencils or an ordinary ballpoint pen. Or maybe this is enough for games?
So what can you think of with a piece of paper?
You can fold paper airplanes and fly them - even while waiting in line at the clinic! And even in a train car! (Admit it, this is much better than calming down fights and whims and listening to continuous whining. )
You can also fold the boats and play with them. For example, arrange the boats on the table and blow on them. You can fold a sheet of paper like an accordion and make a fan - many children like to neatly fold the paper and color their homemade fans.
You can also fold the paper several times and cut out an openwork snowflake. Thick paper makes excellent funnels for pouring sand or cereals, and if you roll up a sheet and glue a pipe out of it, you can make a spyglass and even binoculars for playing.
What else can you play on a piece of paper?
Half. Each player thinks of a picture, but draws not all of it, but only half of it. Then the players exchange sheets and finish drawing. Sometimes very funny pictures are obtained, for example, one wanted to draw glasses, and there were two circles on his sheet, and cherries or car wheels were created from them.
Drawings. Everyone draws some kind of squiggle on the sheet, then everyone changes leaves and finishes the picture in a different color so that something meaningful is obtained.
Treasure search on the map of the apartment. For this game you will need to draw a plan or a map of your apartment or yard. After that, you can start the game itself. Let's mark on the map the place where the treasure is hidden, and the place where we are standing, and we can start searching! Kids love these kinds of games!
Treasure hunt based on a series of notes. And for those who are just learning to read, you can arrange a treasure hunt - for example, beautifully wrapped nuts or raisins - using notes. The notes can be written: "on the table", "in the kitchen on a stool", "in mom's shoe", "in the doll's stroller".
Frame. Tell your child that earlier people did not write down all the letters of a word, but only consonants, and there are still languages in which consonants are written, and vowels are sometimes written from above, and sometimes they are completely omitted. Try to think of how many ways you could read the word BR if only consonants were also written in Russian. (Bor, drill, bar, dress, storm, sconce, Borya, bureau.) And then try to take any other frame - and come up with different words in turn, where these consonants occur in exactly this sequence.
You can add letters to the frame in front, back, in the middle.
For example, frame - SL:
The frame can also consist of vowels, for example LLC:
Typesetter. This game can be played with the whole family, with friends, in the classroom. We choose a long word, write it on top of each piece of paper, and then from the letters of this word we make short words. It is more convenient to write words in columns - from 4 letters, from 5 letters, from 6 letters, from 7 or more. As a rule, they play for time - 10 or 15 minutes. After the game, everyone reads out their list of the resulting words.
There are several options for scoring. You can cross out all the words that met more than one. Or you can count more cunningly: if all the players wrote the word on their lists, then the whole word is crossed out, if the word was found among all but one, then the index is 1, if all but two have the index 2, and then the number is multiplied letters to the index at the word - and get the sums. In this way, both those who come up with few rare words and those who write many frequent words are taken into account.
For example, take the word "Chamomile".
We will write out, as in other word games, only nouns in the nominative case, in the singular and we will agree that we do not take words of 2-3 letters (in the example, of course, far from all words are written out - this is rather just a sample convenient recording of the game).
Tic-tac-toe. A classic game, which, however, is no longer known to everyone. The simplest tic-tac-toe is on a three by three square field. But a more complicated option is on a large sheet in a box, where you need to put 5 crosses or 5 zeros in a row, vertically, horizontally or diagonally. If the enemy put three crosses in a row, then it's time to "close" this row with your zero from any side.
Cities. This game is good even without paper, by ear: one says "Moscow", the second comes up with a city or country whose name begins with the last letter of the previous word. For example, Moscow - Ashgabat - Denmark - Japan - Jamaica ... Similarly, you can play just words, and not just cities. At the same time, it will be easier for children to remember the spelling of words - especially if you laugh at such curiosities to your heart's content:
- Listen carefully, what letter does the word "window" end with?
- On the letter "O"! Now I'll think of it. "Odmeral"!
— Borechka, Admiral!
- Well, then "kodemek"!
Sea battle. This game helps children understand vertical and horizontal coordinates, and also teaches them to think and reason logically. I think parents still remember the rules themselves! You can play on a piece of paper, or you can buy a box with plastic suitcases and boat chips - for many children it’s easier than writing everything neatly on a piece of paper.
Encrypted letters and amazing stories. When children already know how to write and read, they like to decipher secret notes, where each letter has its own designation - for example, a number or a small picture.
And you can speak a secret language - for example, like Tofsla and Vifsla in the fairy tale about Moomintroll. I-sla went-sla to the store-zin-sla. Soon-sla will come-sla!
And you can add a "secret syllable" after each syllable, and not just at the end of the word: p-pa-ta-pa-shi-pa-li-pa mer-pa-twe-pa-tsa-pa!"
And now try to guess what kind of fairy tale it is: "Po De Re. You re bo-prebo. Sta De re from ze ta. Tya-potya - you can't. Po De Ba. Ba za de, De za Re, cha-sweat - you can't!"
Can you tell the story about Ryaba the Hen in the same style?
Quilt. Draw on paper in a box a field for playing 4 by 5 cells (the side of each cell is 1 cm). In one move, each player must shade one cell with their own color. We must try to keep cells of the same color as far apart as possible. During the game, as many sticks are drawn under the playing field as the neighboring cells are shaded with this pencil. Cells that have a common side or are located obliquely from each other are considered neighboring cells. Whoever has fewer sticks at the end of the game wins.
Bridges. In the course of the game, each player tries to build a bridge from one side of his bank to the other. Red has red shores and crosses as stones, Green has green shores and zeros. The game can be started anywhere on the field. In one move, a player can connect two of his adjacent stones with a vertical or horizontal bridge.