Another idea for helping your kids like vegetables

Always keen to share ideas on this whole healthy living thing, I’m breaking my usual blog format so that I can introduce you to a fabulous woman who’s also focused on getting our kids to love vegies. Here’s the chat I had with her last week…

I love it! Vegetable school!

I love it! Vegetable school!

Who are you?
My name is Simone Emery and I own Play with Food, interactive & fun fruit and vegetable classes for 1.5-5 year olds.

Why would kids need a fruit & vegetable class?

Sometimes kids won’t even look at what’s on their plate! Getting them to EAT it seems less probable than getting them on a play date with Mr Moon. There are many paths you can assail to get your fussy eater to devour their meals (or at least get one piece to their lips).

What happens at the classes?

At our classes your child will have hands on exploration of seasonal fruits and vegetables. The classes progress week by week through different techniques that engage the child with the fruit and vegetables for that week. Yes! We lick, sip, kiss, squirt, bite, smell, suck and laugh our way through 8 weeks of classes. The classes also try to include some culprits from your child’s dislike list. For example, a popular dislike is broccoli so that usually makes a grand appearance in week one. The classes involve child and carer participation in songs, whole piece tactile exploration, activities, games and sensory engagement. The class concludes with free time to play with food. It’s a novel activity for your child to take part in that helps them develop a very important life skill, healthy eating.

What results do you get?

I just had a mum email me that their child just ate a huge amount of peas and macaroni for dinner, and she tried the tomato. These are things that just would never have happened a couple of weeks earlier.

Which kids are best suited to your classes?

Any children between 1.5 and 5 years are suited to the classes. I encourage carers to come along with their children even if they have a younger sibling that is happy to watch. The classes aren’t just for fussy eaters. Healthy eating is a life skill just like swimming and other extra curricular activities. These classes are a way to enhance that life skill and help foster healthy food appreciation.

How can people find you?

We are online at and by clicking the link on our “bookings” tab you can see locations and prices. If there isn’t an ideal location or time for your class, let us know. You can request a group booking (8 children) for another area in Sydney that suits your group. Email, if you have any other questions!

And [insert infomercial music here] you’ve got a special deal for Vegie Smugglers subscribers?

When you book an 8-week package or flexible class pass online – select “Vegie Smugglers” as your referral option on our booking form and get 10% off the listed price. This deal is valid for ALL of 2013 – more locations and classes are being researched and set-up for later dates this year. Like us on Facebook to keep up to date with where we are setting up classes!

4 Responses so far »

  1. 1

    I’ve seen this on a UK doco about kids that had eating issues, it looks fantastic. Such a shame not available here or I would def take my toddler!

  2. 2

    Leanne said,

    This looks great and my little girl (who looks at the plate and says “I am not eating the vegies” on a regular basis) and I could certainly do with a class like this. Pity it’s not in Perth.

  3. 3

    Melinda said,

    Yes – would definitely love to see something like this in Perth.

  4. 4

    Ah-ha – found it! I am just loving the amount play with food has evolved over the past 2 years. Thanks again for this post and if you ever want another one – please let me know! x Simone

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