When I was young I remember my next door neighbour always had the best sandwiches. They weren’t lobster, chicken salad or anything (not that a child would eat lobster or chicken salad), but no matter what they were, ham and cheese, turkey, or just good old fashioned peanut butter and jam, they were always better than any sandwich my Mom could ever make. What was so special about those sandwiches, they were made with love… ok, I know, my Mom had an abundance of love in her sandwiches too, but these little sandwiches were made specifically with kids in mind.
My neighbour had a drawer of mini cookie cutters, and she used them for our sandwiches. We enjoyed our tiny sanswiches shaped as mini gingerbread boys and girls, there were never any sandwiches left over and many times, we’d be asking for more. Impressive isn’t it?
I’ve kept this memory with me since that time, and was so excited to start doing the same with my daughter! It turns out, my neighbour was really onto something 28 years ago, and it still works today. Cutting the crusts off the edge of bread and triangles just aren’t going to cut in the 21st century.
To help with lunchtime, I recommend making meals fun for the little ones. We have a multitude of sandwich cutters, dolphins, dinosaurs, bunnys, trees, porcupines, and even the classic gingerbread man. The cutters can really be used for anything, toast, french toast, pancakes, if it’s relatively thin, and you’re able to cut it, go for it. You’ll be surprised to see what they will eat when it’s in the shape of a squirrel.
The mini cutters can be used for tiny sandwiches (like I used to enjoy), or other things such as fruit (cantelope, melon, mango) and cheeses, I’m sure you would even be able to cut veggies such as cucumbers.
If you’re having a hard time getting your child to eat anything (other than candy), serisously try the sandwich cutters. You won’t be sorry. And don’t forget, you can use them for lunches too!
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