For once, encourage your toddler to play with his food. Playing with food will help your 1-year-old develop his motor skills and senses. Introduce your child to new tastes and textures by placing food items in front of him and allowing him to use his imagination while playing. Make sure he isn't allergic to any of the foods, and choose items that are safe for toddlers to eat. Avoid giving him foods, such as grapes and raisins, that can become choking hazards.
Make your favorite sugar cookie dough or buy it premade for convenience. Roll the dough out on a floured surface.
Allow the toddler to press cookie cutters into the dough to create whimsical shapes, such as hearts, stars, cats, or holiday-inspired designs, such as reindeer and Christmas trees.
Encourage your toddler to decorate the cookies. Sprinkle decorators' sugar over the cookies to add color and create shine. Create animal faces by pressing candies into the dough.
Bake the cookies according to recipe directions and allow the toddler to eat his creation.
Make chocolate or vanilla pudding or buy a premade version.
Add food coloring to vanilla pudding until you reach the desired hue, such as bold red or light blue.
Place a piece of white construction paper in front of the toddler. Help him to use his fingers to make designs on the paper with the pudding.
Help toddlers spread peanut butter or cream cheese onto a piece of bread or a pita.
Cut toddler-friendly food items, such as bananas, soft cheese and tomatoes into bite-size pieces.
Encourage your child to create a face on the front of the bread using the cut food items; for example, use cheese as a nose and eyes, and tomatoes as a mouth.
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