Ok, who has a picky eater in the house? [raises two hands] Ugh. Yeah I have two picky eaters.
So, I decided it was time to put my graphic design skills to use to help my kids. Frustrations of not being able to get my two kids to eat a balanced meal led me to create this eating chart for picky eaters.
Here’s how it works:
- Download the eating chart [.pdf]
- Print and laminate the chart. (Try these no-heat pouches)
- Explain to your child that you want them to eat a balance meal and that each of the 4 rows is a different food group. Each group will be represented on their plate.
- Once they eat something from each group, put a check mark in that box with a thin dry-erase marker.
- When your kid(s) fill up their chart for a full week, they earn a prize!
The chart worked so well that we even brought it with us to restaurants when the kids were little, per their request! They loved them! It taught them which foods were in each food group and taught them that they needed to eat something from each group.
A year or so later, they still love these charts and ask to use them from time to time. We do them just for fun every now and then but they’ve since learned that they need to eat a little of everything (even if it’s just a bite) and we no longer need to use the charts every day.
At the beginning of the school year, we brought out these charts for one last hurrah to serve as a guide for lunch packing. After using the chart to pack their lunh for the first few weeks, my kids (5 & 7) now pack their own balanced lunches every morning!