Who remembers that song about the lady who ate all the weird animals? How did it go? There was an old lady who swallowed a fly, I don’t know why she swallowed the fly, perhaps she’ll die! There was an old lady who swallowed a spider, it wiggled and jiggled and squiggled inside her! She swallowed the spider to swallow the fly, perhaps she’ll die! There was an old lady who swallowed a bird, how absurd to swallow a bird! She swallowed the bird to swallow the spider to swallow the fly, perhaps she’ll die! The song went on until the lady explodes or burps letting the animals all out! I found myself humming this song the other day (I don’t know why either or how I remembered it) and thought why not have the kids eat silly gross things for lunch?!
Carrot cut into strips
Mac and Cheese made with wheels instead of elbows
Start by making the Mac and Cheese with wheels! These will be the spiders’ webs! Next, steam the carrots and green beans. Boil the Kielbasa until it’s done and then cut into half inch thick slices. Take the slices and put them on top of the Mac and Cheese. Leave space, because next we place either carrot strips or green beans next to or slightly under the kielbasa circles. Make sure to put 4 on each side. Lastly add the raisin for eyes! Now, sing the song above replacing Little Old Lady with Little (insert kids name here) and serve the spiders for the kids to eat! If they must, give them some dried cranberries or raisin for flies (so the spiders have something to eat) and watch the kids gobble this up! Don’t forget to sing the song while they eat for added giggles!
Eating weird things seems to be part of the Halloween spirit. Making a nutritious meal or snack that fits that is a parent’s best friend! Allow yourself to be creative with the look of your meals and you’ll see some interesting responses from your kids regarding healthy meals. To close, embrace the stage your kid is in and find a way to include good choices into that stage helps them to grow up knowing that good choices are the way to live life!