Get children involved in their food preparation to help support their food literacy! The more children help grow, select and cook their food, from the an early age, the more likely they are to be healthy eaters. These sandwich faces are creative, fun and of course, deliciously nutritious. And they are a great introduction to safe knife skills using a (non-sharp) dinner knife for learning to spread as well as chop soft fruit like banana.
1. Lay out all the ingredients on a platter and in bowls on a clean work surface accessible to children.
2. Have each child select a piece of bread, spread nut/seed butter thinly, then create a face with the other toppings like “coconut hair”, “banana smiles”, “jam cheeks” and “blueberry eyes”. Younger children may need help spreading the nut/seed butter and shaping the banana pieces.
Source: Nicole Fetterly, RD