Struggling to get your kids to eat their veggies? How about making their meal something fun? Meals With Kids is the pet project of Maor Bar, a Bezalel graduate of the Visual Communication department. Bar manages his own interactive studio that makes games and mobile apps for major brands in Israel and abroad. The blog began as a side project because of his oldest son, Yatir, who is a very picky eater.
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“I felt like meals became a task for my wife, Shelly, and I. But instead of arguing with him, I decided to make it fun. I asked him what he would like to eat, and presented it in an exciting fashion like a pirate ship or a roaring dinosaur. With each time I was able to offer him new types of food – vegetables, cheeses, etc. – that he wouldn’t touch before,” Bar tells NoCamels.
At first Bar uploaded pictures to his Facebook page, and when hearing from friends that it worked with their children as well he decided to begin the blog to help parents he didn’t personally know. A Meals With Kids Facebook page has also garnered a community of parents who even post their own work.
“It’s not just about eating,” adds Bar. “It’s about eating right. I strive to have every meal I post consist of the right balance between carbohydrates, proteins and vegetables. I also make sure to keep my designs very simple so that other parents can quickly reproduce meals at home.”
Bar stresses that even if children have a healthy appetite, like his younger daughter, creating the designs together is a fun bonding experience. He has big plans for the project and hopes to continue helping as many parents and kids as he can enjoy their meals together.