Disclaimer: I was provided a copy of the Copy Kids DVD in order to help facilitate my review. No other compensation was provided. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
Red has always been a meat eater, and as of late, a carb-o-holic. We’re in that stage of toddler hood that boasts picky eaters and smaller appetites. Some kids may even have tantrums if you so much as offer a spoonful of peas from a few feet away. What do I do with a situation like this? For one thing, I keep offering different foods (even if it’s just a spoonful) so that these foods become a regular sight. Nothing says weird like a strange, cold, clammy vegetable on your plate!
Next, I got my paws on a DVD of Copy-Kids: Fruits and Vegetables. Copy-Kids is a fabulous little Los Angeles-based company started by Cai Dixon. She noticed her daughter would eat more fruits and veggies when she saw another child eating them. “Would this work for other kids?”, she thought. It sure did – Director Malona Badelt fell in love with the project and is able to coax the most natural, unscripted reactions from the kids, adding a bit of surprise and comedy to the piece.
The DVD offers 12 chapters, each 6-8 minutes each, featuring items like: Bell Peppers, Cucumbers, Carrots, Avocado, tomatoes, Broccoli, Oranges, Bananas, Raspberries, Strawberries, Apples and Blueberries. I set Red up with a few chapters, just before dinner time. We watched Blueberries, Broccoli and Apples.
And I’ll be darned. You know what? That kid actually put a blueberry in his mouth, rolled it around a few times, bit down, and then took it out. He took a few bites of cucumber and swallowed them. The broccoli got played with a little bit, sniffed and declined. For the very first plate, I think Red did great – leaps and bounds from the “NO NO NO NO” beforehand.
The next afternoon, Red was playing in the kitchen as I cooked, and he noticed the bowl full of apples on the countertop. Normally, he’d be after them to roll around, play with and get scolded. But this time, I decided to try my luck, handed it over and told him to bite it. AND HE DID. A few times, in fact. He wandered down the hall, to the chair, examining and chewing. He even put Mickey in the highchair and shared a bite with him, too.
I’ve been working on this stuff with Red for a few weeks now, and there is definitely an improvement in the vegetable department. Copy-Kids’ Fruits and Vegetables runs 115 minutes in total, retails for $19.99 and is available at www.copy-kids.com. What about you? Would you like to try this technique with your toddler?