Muffin Tin Monday – Alphabet Soup

Muffin Tin Monday – Alphabet Soup

Muffin Tin Monday - Alphabet Soup “Alphabet Soup” – A is for apples, C is for cheese, P is for pickle, M is for milkshake (yogurt), B is for bagel, R is for raisins, B is for beans, C is for corn, H is for hotdog, Nn is for noodles, and P is for pudding

B has really been into the story Alphabet Mystery. In the story, the Capital I threatens to turn the lowercase letters into alphabet soup and he thinks that is hilarious. So this week we called our Muffin Tin Monday meal, “alphabet soup”. B LOVED it! He actually sat down at the table and ate for 30 min. which is unheard of for him. He didn’t eat the veggies or the hotdog but hey let’s not get crazy! =)

At the end of the meal, the spaghetti noodles were snakes and the raisins were ants and the pickle was a crocodile and a big chase began but I didn’t mind because he was eating bites while playing.

Two questions I would really like to hear your opinions about:
What do you say to your child when he/she tries something and then says, “I don’t like it”?
What do you say to your child when he/she doesn’t want to try something new?

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  • Reply Donette

    i am very impressed with what u did.

    My son is orally sensory defensive so I often get “i wont eat it” attitiude.

    When u get a solution – let me know!

    October 19, 2009 at 12:44 pm
  • Reply Anonymous

    Our rule is 3 bites. Usually after the first bite they are still saying I don’t like it because they haven’t really tasted it yet. The second bite is usuall a little easier and if by the third bite they still don’t like it we try again another day.

    October 19, 2009 at 1:20 pm
  • Reply The Oldroyd's

    Very cute idea. Love it. We are still trying to figure out what to do when she doesn’t like something. My daughter is VERY stubborn. But luckily she usually likes it. Good luck.

    October 19, 2009 at 3:04 pm
  • Reply Michelle, Muffin Tin Mom

    wonderful job on the muffin tin!

    we call it the “no thank you” bite. As in “No, thank you, I don’t like that. Only one bite, that’s it. but they don’t get anything else for dinner. I remind them that if they are hungry, they should eat what’s in front of them-because there will be no dessert or snacks later on.

    I also make sure there are plenty of options they do like, and introduce the new food another day.

    now, let me know what you do if they say “I’m full” after only three bites of food they love. 🙂

    October 19, 2009 at 4:18 pm
  • Reply Our Country Road

    Very fun idea! We just picked up that book on Saturday. Might have to try this 🙂

    I’m not good at getting my kids to eat stuff, either.

    October 19, 2009 at 4:19 pm
  • Reply Our Little Family

    Oh my goodness, this is TOO cute!! Maddie would love something like this! As for the eating issues, eh… She’s pretty good about trying a bite and REALLY good about voicing her opinion. I’ll respect it but she then she knows she has to eat whatever else was offered. I found that when we cut out a great deal of the snacking that was occurring throughout the day, we had a LOT less issues with eating meals.

    October 19, 2009 at 4:20 pm
  • Reply Jamie

    What a great and fun idea! Awesome tin!

    October 19, 2009 at 5:08 pm
  • Reply Stacy

    So cute! As far as the eating issue, we tell Bekah that if she doesn’t eat (or at least put a good effort in eating) her dinner she will not have any dessert. Sometimes she doesn’t care and won’t eat anyway, but other times it works. Yesterday she wouldn’t eat her lunch, so I told her she couldn’t go on the computer to play a game unless she ate her food. Well, she came back a little while later and ate it all.

    October 19, 2009 at 5:30 pm
  • Reply Hooahwife

    I love this idea! Let’s see, our rule is you have to try it. If you don’t care for it, fine, but you must try it. We talk to them about visiting other homes and being a polite guest means not making faces at food or telling people you don’t like something. Eat it with a smile! There are a few foods my son has tried and adamantly doesn’t like which we accept. We all have foods we despise!

    October 19, 2009 at 7:22 pm
  • Reply care-in

    I just love your tin! A lot of good ideas about trying new foods. We do the “four bites because your four years old” rule.

    October 19, 2009 at 9:00 pm
  • Reply snbjork

    I’m loving these muffin tins! You are so creative! I tried it for the first time last week with my kids. You should have seen the look of surprise and joy on their faces when I presented their dinner to them. It was so fun!

    My son never wants to try anything new, but very occasionally he will (with much encouragement and reminders of how happy it makes Mommy and Daddy when he tries his food). Often he doesn’t like it and that’s fine. He doesn’t have to eat any more. Granted, he won’t get anything different. He’ll just have to be hungry. I will still have him try it again (if he’s willing) the next time I prepare it. Most of the time, he is unwilling to try what’s on his plate. This is his choice. If he chooses not to eat it, then he will have to be hungry because no other food will be offered to him until the next meal time.

    I keep praying that he will grow out of his ridiculous food snobbery!

    October 19, 2009 at 9:08 pm
  • Reply Rebecca

    Love this idea!

    October 19, 2009 at 9:55 pm
  • Reply Susana

    I love your imagination with this and your theme too! This is awesome!!

    Never heard of this book either, but will look for it at my library!

    October 20, 2009 at 1:37 am
  • Reply Jen

    I love the alphabet idea for your Muffin Tin Monday.

    Now that my girls are older,I’ve become the mean mama who forces them to eat veges that they don’t like. The problem is that one likes one kind of vege and the other likes the other, etc.
    If I’m introducing a very new food, I just have them try it. I just make sure that I’m serving other things with it that I know they will enjoy.
    I’ve learned to re-introduce foods over and over. This is how I eventually got my girls to eat Salmon. Now they love it!

    Creative and Curious Kids!

    October 20, 2009 at 2:08 am
  • Reply Holly

    We have the other Alphabet books by Audrey Wood; my 3-year-old would probably love this one as well.

    We have the 3-bite rule here, but also I sometimes suggest that we take turns feeding each other. If my 3-year-old feeds his food to me first, he’s much more likely to eat.

    October 20, 2009 at 7:09 pm
  • Reply Karen

    We don’t force the kids to eat anything they do not want to eat. But we also do not make additional food or offer additional food. Generally we try to keep everyone happy within limits and not get into power struggles over food. It sort of works. Some days the kids don’t seem to eat much of anything, but other days they chow down.

    Mommy’s Favorite Children’s Books

    October 20, 2009 at 9:35 pm
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