How to Help Your Picky Eater Become Adventurous Foodie with Play

Junk Food Advertising

How to Help Your Picky Eater Become Adventurous Foodie With Play FoodKids these days are being assaulted with junk food advertising through TV commercials and mobile advertising through apps.

Up until the age of six, children cannot tell the difference between TV programming and advertising.

Children start to show product preference from as little as a single commercial exposure and would only strengthen from repeat exposures. (1)

Right now, junk food has these super cute mascots and movie themed-licensed food deals like Minions on Fruit Gushers or Oreos; Shrek on M&Ms, Snickers, Skittles and even Twinkies.

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How can parents help their child learn to eat healthy when food manufacturers spend millions of dollars in advertising promoting unhealthy products?

Here are some tips to try at home to help your kids develop a healthy relationship with food: 

Find Toy Recommendations Below! 

Have Your Kids Play with Food

Studies show that kids who play with food have less of a chance of developing food phobias later on.

Kids Play with Toy FoodHave you kids play with toy food. Below, we provide a number of high-quality toy food options to help your child become familiar with a variety of fruits and vegetables.

Play is one of the best ways to help children learn. Here are just some of the ways to engage your child in play. You can sort toy fruits and vegetables by color, size, type, count them, etc.

You can pretend to cook the food, play grocery store, roll them around in a grocery chart and pretend to grow them in your garden.

Tip. Don’t buy toy junk food. Kids get enough exposures to junk food all around them; don’t add to it by allowing toy junk food in the home.

Sensory play is so important.

 Happy Playing!


 Farmers Market Color Sorting Set

This set not only comes with a huge variety of fruits and veggies, but helps kids learning about colors and sorting.

Buy Play Food-Farmers Market Color Sorting SetGet the Farmers Market Color Sorting Set on Amazon for $29.80

Super Sorter Pie

This awesome pie helps kids with colors, sorting, counting and fruit recognition.

Play Food- Buy the Super Sorting PieGet the Super Sorter Pie  on Amazon for $17.99


  Food Groups Set

Use this kit to teach young children about the basic food groups!

Play Food-Melissa & Doug Food Groups

Get the Food Groups Set on Amazon for $15.99


Peel and Play Set

This super cool set lets kids prepare their veggies for cooking by peeling and cutting them.

Play Food-Small World Toys Living - Peel 'N' Play 13 Pc. Playset

Get the Peel and Play Set on Amazon $19.50


  Fresh Fruit Salad Set

An awesome set to get kids excited about preparing and eating more fruit!

Play Food-Learning Resources New Sprouts Fresh Fruit Salad SetGet the Fresh Fruit Salad Set on Amazon for $20.87

 Garden Fresh Salad Set

A great set to introduce salad and get kids comfortable with vegetables.

Play Food-Learning Resources New Sprouts Garden Fresh Salad SetGet the Garden Fresh Salad Set on Amazon for $24.54

 Healthy Breakfast Set

This set includes everything needed to teach kids about preparing fun, healthy breakfasts!

Play Food-Learning Resources New Sprouts Healthy BreakfastGet the Healthy Breakfast Set on Amazon for $13.99


 Lunch Basket Set

A fun way for kids to serve each other lunch while playing school!

Play Food-Learning Resources New Sprouts Healthy Breakfast

Get the Lunch Basket Set on Amazon for $14.99


 Healthy Dinner Basket

Includes everything for your child to make fun healthy dinners, complete with side dishes.

Play Food-Learning Resources Healthy Dinner BasketGet the Healthy Dinner Basket on Amazon for $14.99

Grill It! Set

For all the young grill masters out there!

Play Food-Buy Sprouts Grill It! SetGet the Grill It! Set on Amazon for $26.08

Soup’s On! Set

Kids will love to cook up a batch of fresh homemade soup with this set!

Play Food-Get the Sprouts Soups On! Cooking Set

Get the Soup’s On! Set on Amazon for $21.16

 Farmers Stand Set

Hours of Shopping Fun!

Play Food-Farmers Stand-Haba Green Market Lucky Carrots

Get the Farmers Stand on Amazon for $18.54



Shopping Cart

A perfect child sized cart to fill with all their favorite fruits and veggies. Shopping Cart Play Set

Get  the Shopping Cart on Amazon for $31.99

Cash Register

This cash register makes a great addition to any play store or restaurant!

Learning Resources Pretend & Play Calculator Cash RegisterGet the Cash Register on Amazon for $27.99


Children’s Garden Tool Set

Help your children learn the basics of growing their own food with this educational set.

Play Food- Get the Children's Gardening Tool Set

Get the Children’s Gardening Tool Set on Amazon for $16.42


  Bushel of Fruit

Perfect beginner set of fruit. Helps to build vocabulary and engage in dynamic play.

Play Food- New Sprouts Bushel of Fruit

Get the Bushel of Fruit on Amazon for $9.57


  Vegetables Playset

Great starter vegetable set. Food is life sized and perfect for learning the names of vegetables.

Play Food-Life Sized Bag of Vegetables

Get the Life Sized Bag of Vegetables on Amazon for $9.95


 Fresh Picked Fruit and Veggie Tote

A great fruit and veggie mix with a fun shopping tote.

Play Food-Fresh Picked Fruit and Veggie Tote

Get the Fresh Picked Fruit and Veggie Tote on Amazon for $19.98


 Deluxe Market Set

This set includes a fun mix of produce as well as items like meat, sandwiches, and snack options!

Play Food-Get the Deluxe Market Food SeGet the Deluxe Market Set on Amazon for $30


  Pita Pocket Play Set

How Fun! A great addition to any play food collection.

Play Food-Hape - Playfully Delicious - Pita Pocket - Play SetGet the Pita Pocket Play Set on Amazon for $11.11


Find all of these food play toys plus many more at the Feeding My Kid’s Amazon Store


How to Help Your Picky Eater Become Adventurous Foodie With Play FoodSources:

1.) “The Impact of Food Advertising on Childhood Obesity.”Http:// American Psychological Association, 2015. Web

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