The most popular meaning of a playdate would require at least two children to play together, but can you make a playdate with food, arranged in advance yet with a solo attendee?
Well… I think you can.
I wanted to take the basic concept of a playdate and instead of it being just a couple of hours of screaming and running around at 100mph that it would be useful and progressive time for my little one. With this in mind I was thinking that it is very important to help kids develop their taste. Kids learn by watching us as we all know, and if I have a negative reaction to any particular foods, there is a good chance that they might simply pick up on it and have exactly the same response later on, in other words I have decided for them that a particular food is not nice. I think it is essential that they make this decision for themselves.
Youngsters discover the world in such an amazing way, every little new thing seems to be exiting and full of wonders; the same can be said for food… as long as we let them discover it.
Now playdates are supposed to be all about fun, new discoveries and learning new experiences, so why not make a playdate with food. It is so simple to set up when compared to a playdate with a dozen real kids running around. All you need is a selection of foods, an easy to clean area and someone curious to play, simple!
We had a collection of Petits Filous mini pots including some Magic Squares, which I thought where excellent for introducing new flavours, we had a total of seven in our range. It was fun for me to watch the facial expressions as each new taste was experienced. From the big smile and open mouth ready for the next spoonful, to the frown and pursed lips when we are not sure if that is nice or not.
I think our playdate was a roaring success, and will become a regular feature in the house, I am already planning what foods to introduce at the next one. Maybe one day I will be brave enough to try the concept with a dozen youngsters for a more traditional playdate feature.
Have you ever had a fun session of introducing new flavours?
If so, how did it go?
*This post is an entry for BritMums #MagicSquaresPlaydates Linky Challenge, sponsored by Petits Filous.