The idea for this little luncheon came from watching M's delight in eating her dinnertime salads ever since I started referring to lettuce as "bunny food." I began to wonder if there is anything that a preschooler won't eat if they think they are acting the part of an animal.
For today's lunch I picked eight easy and healthy snack foods that animals also enjoy, and we had a picnic with them. M would say, "I'm going to be an elephant now," and she'd eat a peanut. I would say, "Hmmm, I feel a little like a bird; could you pass the seeds?"
We even brought along a few stuffed animals for "authenticity's sake." M and G both thoroughly enjoyed feeding berries to their teddy bear. That bear has permanently red lips now, I think.
For a little extra fun, I made little animal food labels for each food, printed them out on cardstock and taped them to popsicle sticks. If you would like to use them for an animal food luncheon of your own, feel free to borrow the template from below.