Creating healthy, silly food plates helps children learn to pay attention.
When children are absorbed and having fun, they learn to plan, focus and sustain their attention. They learn to control their impulses, and not eat whatever is in front of them. Instead they preview and plan ahead-essential aspects of attention.
How great it is to learn these skills early in life!
Even young children have to acquire attention skills in order to have friends and learn in school.
By age 4 (like Daniela) many children can delay eating a treat if they are having fun making it.
Kids who can’t control their impulses benefit from working with an adult who can help them plan the food play and delay the instant urge to grab the food.
After working hard and using lots of mental energy (another part of attention) they will enjoy gobbling up their creation.