Cici and I have been having fun this week reviewing a cute product designed to make meal times an easier time for the family. The Gotrovo Mealtime Treasure Hunt is the brainchild of two mums Aley and Jo, designed to encourage healthy eating and to take away the stresses that usually go hand in hand with mealtimes. When Aley got in touch to ask if I’d like to try out a set, I jumped at the chance.
As a baby, Cici was the perfect eater. She’d try any food I gave her, always wanting what I had, up until she reached about 14 months old. I don’t know what changed, but from that moment on she’s been a fussy eater. She eats very basic foods and I’m always worrying about her health. Smiley face potato chips and chicken nuggets aren’t the ideal food for a five year old child! I hoped that the treasure hunt kit would work, so I agreed to give it a go.
So what exactly is the Gotrovo Mealtime Treasure Hunt?
The set arrives in a bright, attractive box and contains:
- A melamine plate, bowl and cup
- A fork and shovel shaped spoon
- A double sided plastic placemat – pirate themed one side, fairies underneath
- Gold Coin and 10 reward cards (the treasure)
- Instructions and a leaflet providing nutritional advice and game ideas
The set works like a simple board game. You place the plate, or bowl, of food onto the placemat, which looks like a treasure map, and is numbered from 1-10. As your child progresses through their meal, they move the gold coin around the mat. Once they reach the end, they find their reward card underneath their (hopefully) now empty dish.
Cici has had lots of fun playing her game each meal time. The ‘game’ is flexible, so you can make up your own rules as you go along. Her current favourite game is to clear her plate by the time she gets to the end of the treasure trail. I’m pleased to report that she has finished every meal and hasn’t left a single crumb!
Next week, I’m going to introduce a new food to each of her meals, a couple of spoonfuls alongside her favourites. Each time she has a little taste, she can move her coin forward. The design of the placemat also contains a little shortcut, so if she ever struggles with her challenge, she can use the shorter route to get to the finish line quicker. Cici and I usually eat our meals in the lounge in front of the TV, so the mealtime set has also encouraged us to eat at the kitchen table instead.
The reward cards are a handy incentive and made from a sturdy, wipe clean plastic that can be reused time after time. One card contains a blank space so you can add your own reward, and a second card informs your child to go hunt for their treasure.
The Gotrovo Mealtime Treasure Hunt is perfect for Cici’s age. It is aimed at children over 3 years and retails at £22.95. She’s a massive fairy wannabe but also loves dressing up as a pirate, so both designs appeal to her. My only suggestion for improvement would be to include a knife, to help teach food cutting skills. I’m looking forward to seeing whether or not the set encourages Cici to try new foods over the next few weeks. I’ll let you know how I get on!
Do you have any other top tips I could try to encourage Cici to try new foods? I’d love to hear them and put them to the test!