By Alexandra Smith
Weening babies and feeding toddlers can be challenging but if you incorporate learning in to the mix it can help to take the focus off the food and make meal times more fun for your child.
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2) Label things. Teaching your child that everything has a word is a great way to get them to start reading through sight recognition (like when they 'read' a familiar shop sign). You might cut out the food labels from the packaging if its clean or have laminated word cards which you can get out and ask your child to use to label their fork or their plate. Start with just a couple of labels at first and slowly move on to labelling familiar foods. Very young children may appreciate a little picture on the label as well as a word at first.
3) Encourage your child to help set up the table or prepare some of the food (even if it's just arranging the salad in to a smiley face on their plate). Obviously don't give them a sharp knife, raw meat or anything hot to work with.
4) Turn the television off and use your kitchen or dining room table for safe craft activities like drawing or painting on old cereal boxes (get a good plastic protective table cloth) to get your child used to sitting calmly with you at the table.
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