Nursery Rhymes Finger Food Creations with Organix

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Nursery Rhymes Finger Food Creations with Organix
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Organix conducted a survey to find out how mums encouraged their children to adopt a positive attitude towards food. 76% of mums said that making mealtimes fun for their child was the most important factor and 75% rated offering their child the freedom to play and experiment with their food brought positive benefits in general. Organix have come up with some great finger food products for kids and asked Motherhood Diaries to create interesting ways in which to showcase these finger foods (and other healthy ingredients) in order to kids entertained whilst eating healthy. I had so much fun creating little ‘No Junk’ Lunchboxes for school kids with Organix in a previous project, so I was very excited to receive a new food challenge from them.

Finger foods are a fantastic way of providing a healthy and varied diet for your little one. From the baby’s first stage of weaning to catering towards a growing child’s lifestyle, it’s vitally important to allow kids to take the time to learn about the taste, texture, shape and colour of the food in front of them. Letting them play around encourages a positive response and a healthy attitude towards food, which may, ultimately, reduce problems with fussy eating later on in life.

93% of mums feel it’s important to let a baby play with and experiment with food.


“The introduction of finger foods can develop a little one’s sense of independence, and parents can encourage a positive attitude to food by making mealtimes fun for their child and allowing them to play with and experiment with their food.” Dr. Frankie Phillips, Nutrition Advisor to Organix.

Other benefits of self-feeding include developing hand-eye coordination, fine motor skills and improving dexterity.

93% of mums recognise that the first year of a baby’s life is about fun – playing with food and developing skills.

“… Babies learn through their senses in the first two years of life. So when you introduce a new food to your child, by giving them an opportunity to touch it squish it and rub it between their hands, you are allowing them to use all of the resources they have to learn about that food.” Dr Angharad Rudkin, Psychologist.

86% of mums feel it’s important for babies to handle and play with new foods before they taste it.

Feeling inspired and excited about the idea of exercising my creative juices, especially when it comes to food, I came up with ‘Nursery Rhymes Finger Food’ plates. I have 3 and 4-year-old boys, so my weaning days are over (for now). But, what better way to gain their interest in eating right than by using the art of rhyme!

Here are my creations:

Humpty Dumpty Finger Food Plate

Nursery Rhyme Finger Food Plate - Humpty Dumpty - Organix with motherhooddiaries.com

“Humpty Dumpty sat on a wall,

Humpty Dumpty had a great fall,

All the kings’ horses and all the kings’ men,

Couldn’t put Humpty together again.”

How to make the Humpty Dumpy finger food plate

Ingredients

1 slice of Cucumber

Handful of Spinach

1 boiled egg

4 Organix Finger Foods Carrot Sticks

3 Organix Finger Foods Banana Baby Biscuits

1 Organix Finger Foods Tomato Slices

1 Organix Finger Foods Sweetcorn Rings

Method

  • For the wall
    • Use 2 Organix Finger Foods Banana Baby Biscuits for the wall, just under the legs.
    • Break a third biscuit in half and add to each end of the wall.
  • For the sun
    • 1 Organix Finger Foods Sweetcorn Ring
  • For the birds
    • Slice small edges off the cucumber and angle them on the plate to resemble birds (more like a wide ‘V’ shape)
  • For Humpty Dumpty
    • Cut a hard-boiled egg in half, lengthways, and place on the plate with the outer part of the egg face up.
    • Use the rest of the sliced edges of cucumber for the arms and legs. Cut tiny pieces of what’s left of the cucumber edges for the eyes, nose and mouth.
    • Carefully break 1 Organix Finger Foods Tomato Slice in half and place on the head as a hat.
  • For the grass
    • Grab a handful of spinach and place under the biscuit wall, to resemble edges
    • Use 4 Organix Finger Foods Carrot Sticks, 2 on each end of the hedge, to resemble plants.

Benefits

You can get away with just allowing weaning babies at this stage to enjoy playing with their food and not eating everything on their plate, as their main source of food is still coming from milk. But, when they’re older, you would need to start making sure they ingest a healthy diet too.

CucumbersCucumbers are easy to hold and contain mostly water, so they are perfect as introductory foods during the weaning process. Cucumbers also contain an anti-inflammatory flavonol called fisetin that plays an important role in brain health. Cucumbers can also reduce the risk of cancer, fight inflammation, manage stress and support the digestive system.
EggsEggs are incredibly nutritious and contain Vitamins A, B2, B5, B6, B12, D, E, and K, as well as Folate, Phosphorus, Calcium, Zinc and Selenium.

Eggs are also very high in protein and provides kids with the building blocks they need for hormones, skin, tissues and other parts of the body.

Eggs are super versatile, so you can change them up for babies and make some scrambled eggs, as well as hard boiled, poached or fried eggs, to introduce some fun protein into their diet.

Organix Corn Puffs Organix Corn Puffs, like the Sweetcorn Rings, are available in a range of four fun simple shapes to help little ones enjoy learning about food. They’re gently baked so while crispy, they melt in the mouth.
Organix Baby BiscuitsAre fun and easy to hold shape, as well as great for little fingers to get to grips with. Banana Baby Biscuits are made from wheat and have no added sugar, artificial flavours or sweeteners
Spinach Crunchy and relatively tasteless, spinach is a great green herb that kids can really have fun with. Spinach is a good source of essential vitamins and minerals and protects the organs in the body.

You can introduce spinach into baby food from about 6 months, but it’s more fun to leave them raw and in their natural form, so babies can pick up the leaves and have a play first.

Incy Wincy Spider Finger Food Plate

Nursery Rhyme Finger Food Plate - Incy Wincy Spider - Organix with motherhooddiaries.com

“Incy Wincy spider climbed up the water spout,

Down came the rain and washed pour Incy out,

Out came the sunshine and dried up all the rain,

And Incy Wincy spider climbed up the spout again.”

How to make the Incy Wincy Spider Finger Food Plate

Ingredients

2 cauliflower florets

1 Organix Finger Foods Sweetcorn ring

2 Organix Finger Foods Carrot Sticks

Handful of pumpkin seeds

Handful of spinach

2 black olives

Method

  • Thinly slice the second olive to use as the legs of the spider
  • For the spider
    • Slice 1 black olive in half, lengthways, for the head and body
  • For the rain
    • Sprinkle sunflower seeds on the plate to resemble rain
  • For the clouds
    • Place 2 cauliflower florets on the top of the plate, next to each other, for the clouds.
  • For the sun
    • 1 Organix Finger Foods Sweetcorn Ring
  • For the grass/field
    • Group handful of spinach together to resemble grass or field
  • For the spout
    • Place 2 Organix Finger Foods Carrot Sticks on top of each other for the spout.

Benefits

CauliflowerCauliflower is packed full of phytochemicals, which are said to prevent cancer. Just one cup of cauliflower has Vitamin A, C and calcium.

You should introduce cauliflower into your baby’s diet from around 8 – 10 months, as cauliflower can cause gas and may be a bit difficult for a very young baby to digest.

Pumpkin SeedsPumpkin seeds offer tons of health benefits for kids, from improved brain development to getting in some good sleep. Due to their size, it may not be a good idea to introduce seeds too early into a baby’s diet. But, as soon as they’re old enough, seeds in general can provide a much needed boost in vitamins and minerals in their daily intake.
Black OlivesBlack olives are a product of the olive tree and offer an array of health and nutritional benefits. They promote general health and are good sources of iron and Vitamin E. They may be an acquired taste for some, but adding some olives to your child’s diet adds variety and a healthy attitude towards less well-known foods in general.

Hickory Dickory Dock Finger Food Plate

Nursery Rhyme Finger Food Plate - Hickory Dickory Dock - Organix with motherhooddiaries.com

“Hickory Dickory Dock,

The mouse ran up the clock,

The clock struck one,

The mouse ran down,

Hickory Dickory Dock, Tick Tock!”

How to make Hickory Dickory Dock Finger Foods Plate

Ingredients

3 Organix Finger Foods Red Pepper Hearts

¼ slice of wholemeal/brown bread

1 Organix Finger Foods Tomato Slice

Half of 1 strawberry

1 blueberry chopped in half

2 small cubes of cheddar cheese

2 Organix Finger Foods Banana Baby Biscuits

½ of Organix Finger Foods Sweetcorn Rings

2 very thin slices of cucumber

Method

  • For the clock
    • Divide 1 slice of wholemeal bread into 4, lengthways, and use only 1 of those slices for the clock.
    • Slice off the crust at the top of the ¼ slice and round the edges
    • Use 1 Organix Finger Foods Tomato Slice to cut a hole at the top of the bread slice and place the Tomato Slice inside the hole to resemble the clock face.
  • For the birds
    • Place 3 Organix Finger Foods Red Pepper Hearts at the top of the plate to resemble birds
  • For the mouse
    • Slice 1 strawberry in half, lengthways, to resemble the mouse’s head and body
    • Slice a blueberry in half and place on the strawberry for the eyes
    • Thinly slice a cucumber and poke into the top of the mouse’s head for the whiskers.
    • Cut 1 Organix Finger Foods Sweetcorn Ring in half and place at the end of the strawberry for the mouse’s tail.
    • Cut two small blocks of cheddar cheese for the mouse’s food.
    • Place 2 Organix Finger Foods Banana Baby Biscuits under the mouse for the wall/floor.

Benefits

Wholemeal Bread Bread is a great starter tool for babies just venturing out into the big wide world of food. It is important to note, however, that foods containing wheat, oats and gluten shouldn’t be offered to babies under six months to reduce the risk of allergies. But, from six months, bread can be a fantastic addition to the finger food diet. Wholemeal bread is high in fibre and aids digestion.
Strawberries Strawberries are pretty, they taste delicious, and the added bonus is that they are part of the fruit family. Strawberries are high in Vitamin C and a good source of calcium, phosphorous and folate. Kids love them.
BlueberriesAnother sweet fruit source, blueberries contain a huge amount of nutrients and are referred to as a ‘Super Food”. Blueberries are high in antioxidants and contain fibre, Vitamin A and C.
Cheddar CheeseCheese is a great source of calcium and protein, so they keep young teeth and bones strong. Little cubes of cheese can provide great dairy snacks as part of a healthy and varied diet.

Little Bo Peep Finger Food Plate

Nursery Rhyme Finger Food Plate - Little Bo Peep - Organix with motherhooddiaries.com

“Little Bo Peep has lost her sheep,

And can’t tell where to find them.

Leave them alone and they’ll come home,

Bringing their tails behind them.”

How to make Little Bo Peep Finger Foods Plate

Ingredients

3 Organix Finger Foods Sweetcorn Rings

2 Organix Finger Foods Banana Baby Biscuits

1 Organix Finger Foods Carrot Stick

2 Organix Finger Foods Red Pepper Hearts

Thin slices of cucumber

Handful of spinach

2 blueberries

2 Cauliflower florets

2 Organix Finger Foods Raspberry and Blueberry Rice Cakes

Method

  • For Little Bo Peep
    • Place two Organix Finger Foods Banana Baby Biscuits, with 1 end broken off, next to each other but slightly overlapping and angled outwards to resemble legs.
    • Break off 1 Organix Finger Foods Carrot Stick for the waist
    • Place 1 Organix Finger Foods Red Pepper Heart, with the pointy end of the heart broken off, above the carrot stick waist for the torso.
    • Place another red pepper heart on top of the body for the face.
    • Cut 2 eyes and 1 mouth from 1 of the blueberries.
    • Break 1 Organix Finger Foods Sweetcorn Ring in half. Break one of those halves in half again. Place one half on the head in an ‘n’ position and add the other 2 pieces on top for the hat.
    • Break 1 Organix Finger Foods Sweetcorn Ring in half. Place the left arm in a ‘C’ position and the right arm upwards in a ‘U’ shape.
    • Thinly slice the skin of a cucumber for Little Bo Peep’s staff.
  • For the field/grass
    • Lay out a handful of spinach at the bottom of the plate.
  • For the sun
    • Place 1 Organix Finger Foods Sweetcorn Ring on the top right hand corner of the plate for the sun.
  • For the sheep
    • Break off 1 Organix Finger Foods Raspberry and Blueberry Rice Cake into 1 large piece and 2 small pieces for the face and ears.
    • Cut a small part of 1 of the cauliflower florets and place on top of the head for the woolly hair.
    • Slice 3 small parts off a blueberry and place on the face for the eyes and mouth.
    • Add 1 cauliflower floret next to the face for the body.
    • Break 1 Organix Rice Cake into 4 small pieces and place 1 of those pieces next to the torso for the tail.
    • Thinly slice 4 edges of a cucumber and add to the torso as 4 legs.

Benefits

Organix Finger Foods Raspberry and Blueberry Rice CakesThese wholegrain rice cakes taste great and are the perfect size for little fingers to hold. They are also gentle enough on delicate gums, so babies can really go to town on these chunky circles. They come in six different flavours and all that’s added is the juice from fruit or vegetables.

Other great finger foods out there

  1. Bland pasta, different shapes and textures, including spaghetti
  2. Freeze apple/pear slices for the weaners who are teething
  3. Bell Pepper Sticks
  4. Carrot Sticks
  5. Sweet Potato / Potato mash left on the plate
  6. Avocado, mashed or sliced
  7. Sweetcorn to encourage motor skills
  8. Celery, as they’re firm but high in water
  9. Orange slices, but be sure to take the seeds out
  10. Watermelon (with the seeds taken out)

If you can think of any more, please add your tips in the comments below.

For more advice on finger foods and recipes, you can visit www.organix.com.

You can find inspiration on different finger foods for growing children in the Organix Little Book of Weaning – sign up to download your free copy at www.organix.com/littlebookofweaning.

*Collaborative Feature with Organix*

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