trial 1: waffles:
I made waffles(while he was in school) for an after school treat , layered with frosting. Zach was excited. He ate one, but then licked the frosting off and left the rest. We reheated waffles for breakfast but again he mostly licked the syrup off. Zach's typical behavior with things with frosting is to eat mostly just the frosting. I have never gotten him to eat waffles in the past.
trial 2: apple cinnamon muffins:
Zach helped make this, by stirring the batter, which he enjoyed. He ate these well. He loved pretending to have the train go choo choo into his mouth. He independantly asked for these on a couple occassions. I sent these to school and he must have ate them as they did not come home. He ate all of these. He would pair them up when he would choose them to eat...would pick only dogs one day, hearts the next. We had great results with these muffins. He really seemed to enjoy them while typically he does not eat regular sized muffins.
trial 3: chocolate/choc chip muffins:
I made while he was in school. Zach would not eat any of these. I tried offering at different times, but he would not even try them. Sent them to school with lunch and they would come back home. I tried going choo choo with train but he still said no (thinking maybe the dark color was not motivating for him?). I brought these to the neighbors with other kids, as sometimes Zach will try things if other kids eat them. He did take a few off the plate independantly, but just licked them.
trial 4: pancakes:
Zach watched me make these. Zach took a couple bites, but mostly just licked the syrup off. This is pretty typical when he eats pancakes.
trial 5: blueberry muffins:
I made these while he was in school. Zach just says no to them. I thought he would try these seeing he liked the apple cinnamon ones so much, not sure why he will not even try them. As far as fruits go he does enjoy apples the most, and only tastes others typically...but he will not even try these muffins. These really stumped me why he would not try these at all. All I can think is he didnt like the flavor of the chocolate muffins, so he thought he wouldnt like these.
So far this is what we have made. I am thinking of trying more layered items. While I tried this with the waffles and frosting, I think that it might work better with a different item and making them thinner in size this time. They have some cute recipes on Pop Art toaster site, I saw a cute fun house type item that looks like fun. Maybe we can get more creative. I think the fun shapes are definitly a motivator for Zach. I do know that while many parents discourage playing with food, it is actually something that is good for kids. Both of my children have done this with their occupational therapists and it is encouraged to to help the kids enjoy their foods. I have had Zach pull the Tasty Baker closer and tap on it like he wants us to make stuff. I think I will do more of items he can help mix up(The tasty baker gets pretty warm so I dont let him help actually bake the items). I think it is a fun activity for kids and maybe it can motivate other children with feeding issues. I would like to add that although I didnt use this with my daughter(as she no longer eats by mouth due to her disability) I think that she would have loved these. They are perfect sized for little ones so they dont over stuff their mouth and can pick them up easily! They would make great dunkables!
disclosure~We received the Tasty baker free in exchange for keeping a journal on our progress with it and posting a review.