Talking to your child about food

Talking to your child about food

This activity will get your child chatting about the things they like to eat. Talking and making things helps your child develop. With this support, they’ll even do better at school by the time they start.

This activity asks your child to chat about foods they like.

First, you’ll need:

  • A paper plate (or circle of paper)
  • Crayons or pencils
  • Child-safe scissors
  • Food magazines
  • Glue

Talk to your child about foods they like, then look for pictures in the magazine. Help them cut out their favourites and stick them to their paper plate. If you can’t find a picture of a particular food, try drawing a picture instead. They can also include foods they would like to try, or maybe even make-believe foods. Do they want to make a plate for one of their favourite toys or book characters?

Make sure you name things so your little one knows the words for the foods they like.

This activity combines lots of important skills for your child which they’ll need at school – cutting and sticking, drawing and chatting. It also helps them think about food in a positive light.

Good to know

Talking about your child’s likes and dislikes helps them feel more confident in making decisions.