Transforming Group Mealtimes: Strategies for Picky Eating & Food Exploration

Are you looking for ways to help the picky eaters in your classroom? Do you have any students who eat only one or two favorite foods? This course will help you promote food exploration and make the most of group mealtime in your program, whether kids bring food from home, or your program provides food.
1.5 Hours
Intended for educators working with 
Infants -

In this online course, you'll learn how to:

  • See videos of real-world classrooms using family-style dining
  • Learn actionable steps for involving kids in mealtime
  • Do a deep dive into picky eating to understand the sensory aspects of food
  • Learn how predictability impacts kids’ willingness to try to new foods
  • Discover how to talk about food to promote healthy eating habits
  • Learn strategies to partner with families who have different mealtime practices at home
  • Learn how to respond to common challenges like throwing and dumping food
  • Explore adaptive feeding and seating supplies to successfully include children of all ages and abilities
Whether you are an early childhood educator, a coach, or a parent, this course will provide you with valuable insights and practical tools to foster healthy eating habits, celebrate the small successes, and make mealtimes joyful for young children.
This course is a mix of:
 On-demand lessons with visuals including text, images, and videos 
Recorded audio narration with optional closed captioning
Engaging activities that support learning

Course Details
Transforming Group Mealtimes

IMPACT's online childcare courses are Merit STARS approved and provide evidence-based early childhood education training.
Certificate for 1.5 continuing education hours awarded upon completion of course and quiz
  • 4 Lessons

    • Mealtime Roles & Family-Style Dining
    • Picky Eating & Food Exploration
    • Honoring Diverse Family & Cultural Practices
    • Individualizing For All Ages And Abilities

Bonus Materials

  • Using Sensory Experiences to Promote Food Exploration
  • Conversation Prompt Visual
  • Common ASL Signs Printable Cards 


  • Intended for: Educators working with Infants - Pre-K
  • May be applicable for: Educators working with Kindergarten - 3rd grade

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"The strategies for engaging kids with food even if they don't actually eat the food were things I had never been taught before, but I think would be so helpful in the classroom."

Course Access

12 Months

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