How to Get Your Kids to Eat Their Food (Including Their Vegetables)

It’s amazing what kids will do in order to win a dare (or prove their parents wrong) - that even includes finishing their food and eating vegetables!

So, with that principle in mind, these three ‘finish your food challenge cards’ are designed to trigger your kids competitive streak.

Card 1: Monkey’s bottom

Finish your food challenge card: how to get your kids to eat their food
Well, no one wants to be called a monkey's bottom!

Card 2: Food vacuum

Finish yourfood challenge card: how to get your kids to eat their food
Well, no one wants their food stolen!

Card 3: Space races

Finish yourfood challenge card: how to get your kids to eat their food
Well, no one wants to miss a worm hole!

Proof that they work

I’ve tested them on my two boys and they do work - however, the novelty does where off quickly, so you might need more than three cards!

Finish your dinner challenge cards in action (with empty plates)
Yay, two (almost) empty plates!

How to make your own ‘finish your food’ cards

Follow the instructions below, the trickiest part will be making the clip attachment. I used a bulldog clip and wire, the goal is to attach one end of the wire to the bulldog clip, and then bend the other end in such a way that it can grip the base of the cards.

As for the the card designs, they don’t need to be highly finished, the idea and message is more important – just have fun. But just in case you are out of inspiration, I have made colour and black and white versions of my designs available for download (see link below).

Download Finish your Food printables

Finish your dinner challenge cards (how to get your kids to eat their food): illustrated tutorial

Do your own thing

There’s probably lots of great ways you can spin this idea - so why not give it your own twist! You can even try and solve other food related habits, such as messy eating! Good luck.

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