Do you have a child that’s as PAW Patrol obsessed as mine is?
I don’t even know how it got started. Allison may have seen an episode or two at my parents’ house one day and suddenly knew exactly what it was. Then she saw the toys. And then she wanted a PAW Patrol birthday party for her 4th birthday.
PAW Patrol is taking over our house; but instead of dreading it, I’m embracing it because I realized she’s being creative. She’s making up rescue missions and telling the PAW Patrol what to do. It’s super cute; she keeps telling me she wants to be a rescuer when she grows up.
I had some creative food ideas for her PAW Patrol birthday party, and I wanted to bring a little of that back in some PAW Patrol lunch ideas. Allison loves special lunches; and as I was telling her that I talked with Ryder and the pups to get ideas for her lunch, she kept saying, “Are you for real? Are they really here?”
Here’s what this particular lunch consisted of:
- Cheese sandwiches shaped like dog bones (Made with this dog bone cookie cutter)
- A dog bowl with “water” (Blue Jell-o)
- Farmer Yumi’s crops– Carrot sticks and strawberries. I cut off the tops of the strawberries and stuck these cute re-usable food picks in them. I also use these silicone baking cups just about every day to hold her smaller food items!
The whole time she was eating, she kept saying things like, “Mommy, make the pups ask where their water went!” as she ate spoonfuls of her Jell-o. I will say that she did not eat her carrots; I try to include some sort of vegetable every day and present it as something super cool- like Farmer Yumi’s carrots- to get her to try new things. Sometimes it works, but other times… well, she’s 4.
For now, I think Mission: PAW Patrol Lunch was a success! Allison actually had fun eating and I’m slowly trying to introduce new foods to her. Here are some other things that will eventually make it on my lunch list:
- Clubhouse crackers with salami/pepperoni and cheese (Both cut using the dog bone cookie cutter)
- “Fetch Sticks”– Pretzel rods
- “Dogs in a blanket”– Mini hot dogs wrapped in a crescent roll
- Scooby Snacks– they’re graham cookies shaped like dog bones! They were a big hit at Allison’s birthday party.
- “Farmer Yumi’s Crops”– Another assortment of random fruits and vegetables: Broccoli, cauliflower, grapes, etc.
- “Pupcorn”– Popcorn
Do you make themed lunches for your kids to encourage them to try new foods? Let me know in the comments! I’m determined to turn this picky eater into a food taster!
Jaime is a Nutrition Coach and professional writer. She enjoys cooking easy meals, running, and learning more about food.
Jaime specializes in helping women with ADHD learn to meal plan and cook healthier meals without getting overwhelmed.