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Play with their food!

A pile of peas can look pretty unappetizing to a toddler. But what if those peas were used to create a smiling potato face? Have fun with your child’s food with these tips from the U.S. Department of Agriculture:

Make a baked potato smile: Use peas as the eyes, a cherry tomato for a nose and a low-fat cheese wedge for a mouth.

Build banana-sicles: Insert a wooden stick into a peeled banana (cut larger bananas in half first), wrap in plastic wrap and freeze. Once it’s frozen, peel off the plastic and let kids dig in.

Create a bagel snake: Cut mini bagel halves into half-circles; spread tuna or egg salad on each; top with sliced cherry tomatoes. Arrange the halves to form a snake shape, using olives or raisins for the eyes and a sliver of red pepper for the tongue.

Let the ants march: Create “ants on a log” by spreading peanut butter down the center of a stalk of celery, then sprinkling raisins on top. (Peanut butter can be a choking hazard, so don’t feed it to children under age 2.)

Give s’mores a healthy twist: Combine mashed bananas and peanut butter, spread them between two graham crackers, freeze and serve.