kingsmill my fun lunch bookNow J is a picky eater for lunch he has to have “Cheese spread sandwich, cut in 3, 2 squeeze yogurts and banana” and that is it every single day – day in day out. But we’re taking advice from the facebook friends and getting him to make his own lunch – using Kingsmill fun lunch book, Rainy Day Dad and myself set to make some sandwiches with him for him to eat and for him to make for us and his grandparents.

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Sandwich Making Station set up for J

We choose two recipes from the book and for the first one I set up and sandwich making station for him as it was very toddler friendly.

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J making the sandwiches on his own

He loved it, he made T’s and his lunch adding jam, pear (although he thought it was apple and I didn’t disagree as I know he will eat apple). He presented the sandwich to T and was really pleased that he had made the sandwiches himself.

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T eating the sandwich made by J

The other sandwich we chose from the book was a Mexican Surprise. It was something that we knew Rainy Day Dad and myself would enjoy – little did we think that J would actually try the sandwich. The first part of it called for coating the chicken with fajita seasoning. As J and Rainy Day Dad were going to make this we used one of our favourite Zip lock bags and J and Daddy shook the chicken and spice together.

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J and Rainy Day Dad cooking together

Rainy Day Dad then did the stove top cooking – I’m still reluctant to let J help on the work surface level as we only have a chair for him to stand on and I worry about safety with that.

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J and Rainy Day Dad making the sandwich

We said to J that he was making his sandwich for Daddy to have at lunch time and Rainy Day Dad and him set about making it. I put all the ingredients out in a Sandwich Making Station as before with the recipe card that I had printed out and then they set about making it. Little did I realise that giving him the independence would mean that once the sandwich was made he would want to eat it as well.

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J eating his sandwich that he made

I was amazed at the fact that J ate the sandwiches especially as he is such a picky eater, but our sandwich station I think this is the way to go. If you would like to try some of the recipes you can see the recipe book on the Kingsmill website now using this link, or download it directly by clicking here. Oh and this is what the sandwiches look like when Rainy Day Dad makes them after J has finished for his own lunch.

Kingsmill Mexican Surprise Sandwich
Rainy Day Dad's sandwich

Disclaimer – this is a sponsored post, we received all of the ingredients to make the sandwiches but the writing is our own and our own opinions.

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Cerys Parker

Cerys is a marine biologist, environmental educator, high school teacher and mum. Realising that life doesn't have to be put on hold and you don't just have to survive whilst the kids are young she shares ideas to inspire you to LIVE with the kids, with activities to do together, recipes to cook and enjoy and family travel to make memories to last a lifetime.

9 Comments

  1. Visiting from the Sunday Showcase, I love his face as he is “painting”! Too cute! Great idea, and I hope it makes a difference for you. 🙂

  2. It’s really amazing how with a little ownership and independence kids will try things they would normally turn their noses up to. Great post!

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