Want your kids to try new foods? Allow them to use all of their senses when eating, even if things get messy.
“Don’t play with your food” is as old a dinner table rule as “Don’t chew with your mouth open”. But you may want to rethink that policy, especially for picky eaters. Letting kids use all of their senses to explore new foods gives them positive food experiences and encourages them to–yes!–eventually taste foods they’re initially skeptical of.