We all want our little ones to eat well, grow strong and be healthy, but mealtimes aren’t always a walk in the park. In a world of ever increasing processed and fast food options, and occurence of childrens health issues, healthy eating can seem like an impossible mission.
Mange-Tout provides your child with the opportunity to explore and familiarise themselves with a variety of fruit and vegetables through creative food handling and exciting activities, in a relaxed, sociable and non judgmental environment.
Peeling, planting, chopping, mashing and even playing with raw and cooked food will help dispel some of the fears and pre conceptions our children have about accepting a new food. All these experiences will help encourage your child to recognise, touch, smell and even taste a completely new fruit or vegetable.
Topical stories and games involving food colour, numeracy and co ordination, along with other exciting activities will help your child discover the fun in food, learn some basic nutrition and inspire their young appetites so they can enjoy the benefits of a healthy diet.
Your child’s nutritional health and well being is priceless so don’t hesitate – JOIN Mange-Tout today.
I first visited a Mange Tout class in 2006 and was so impressed by the work Lucy was doing, I wanted to get involved myself.
The Mange Tout Programme really works because all the techniques Lucy has developed are based on sound educational and psychological principles.
My work with Mange Tout is some of the most effective and rewarding I have done as a feeding specialist and feel strongly that every child should have the opportunity to experience this fantastic programme!- Dr Catherine Dendy, Clinical Psychologist and Feeding Specialist (Formerly of Great Ormond Street Hospital feeding team)
About the founder – Lucy Thomas
She trained as an actress and has 10 years experience as a professional nanny. A lifelong interest in health and nutrition led her to a diploma in Food & Nutrition at the School of Natural Health Sciences in London.
In her role as a nanny she noticed that the more opportunities children were given to be involved with activities such as shopping, food handling and preparation, and even simple gardening, the more relaxed and interested they became in fresh produce.
She also realised that children are less inhibited and far more likely to sample a new food if they are not asked to eat or taste it. By first showing a child and then asking them if they can tickle their tongue with a piece of broccoli they will more often than not get excited and respond with a positive action. So they are not only handling what might be a new food but they are also introducing themselves to a new taste even if on a very simple level.
Lucy started out writing easy songs and rhymes about fruit and vegetables with simple actions to accompany them. “We all know how much children love making a noise and being active, so by giving them the chance to let off some steam by singing the “Hokey Cokey Cucumber” they were then geared up and excited to learn about fruit and vegetables.”
Through Mange-Tout, Lucy gives parents and children an exciting opportunity to develop healthy eating habits and have fun as well.