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15 Creative Meal Ideas for Toddlers

If your toddler is anywhere near a typical toddler, he’s probably refusing his share of new foods. These awesome meal ideas might be just what you need to get him trying different flavors without a fight. Plus, they’re just plain fun!

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fruit caterpiller

Cool Caterpillar Plate

Why we love it: It’s inspired by one of our favorite kids’ books, The Very Hungry Caterpillar.

How to make it: Lay spinach or lettuce on a plate to make the ground. For the sun, an orange in half and shred some carrot for its rays. For the caterpillar body, cut grapes in half and zig-zag them along the length of the plate. Use a strawberry for the head, bananas for the eyes and the skin of an apple to the antennae. Thin apple slices can double as the caterpillar’s feet.

Photo by KirstenReese / Flickr

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