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A Dessert Guessing Game

A Little Dessert Game

Since we’ve been spending more time indoors during these darker months, we have a new game we play in the evenings. Instead of having a regular dessert, the boys will close their eyes and open their mouths, and I’ll give them treats they’ll try to identify.

A Little Dessert Game

Closing your eyes while opening your mouth is easier said than done. :) Anton usually needs a few tries.

A Little Dessert Game

The suspense!

A Little Dessert Game

A few typical items: An M&M, chocolate chips, a Skittle, a Bitsy’s alphabet cookie, a Swedish fish, a strawberry, a chocolate-covered raisin, a slice of banana…

A Little Dessert Game

A Little Dessert Game

A Little Dessert Game

And then some dancing on the coffee table, of course.

Do you have any evening rituals, or bedtime routines you love? I’d love to hear…

P.S. Trying out slow parenting, and how to get picky kids to eat (for real).

  1. Dosu says...

    adorable..

  2. Those darling boys. Cool idea.

  3. ginger m. says...

    Such cute boys! Miss those days with my girls…. Sorry to be one more person asking but I’m obsessed with the kid’s table in the first photo. May I ask where it’s from? I’m not a shopper so I have to find things from other people’s blogs…lol

  4. karen w. says...

    such a cute idea.. may have to steal this one foe when baby is old enough :)

  5. This is so cute!

    Currently our “thing” is pancakes for dinner every other Thursday. I have a pretty intense Olympic lifting training schedule and Fridays are my rest days each week, and every other Thursday my 5 year old reads to dogs at the local library. So since we get home later those evenings (just 30 minutes before regular bedtime) and pancakes for dinner on those Thursday nights is the perfect no-time-at-all dinner – and a great mini celebration (by way of a kitchen break for me) of another week of training in the books.

    One summer ritual we instituted this past summer: A dessert cart in the kitchen (instead of a bar cart). The kids LOVE it: http://www.kelseyespecially.com/2015/09/a-kid-friendly-bar-cart/

  6. This sounds like fun. We are going fo try it tonight! When I’m cooking, I often have the kids try to identify spices or herbs by smell. They love it.

    Our current dinner time obsession is “I am an animal…” and then come the clues. It’s kept me on my toes about animal facts.

  7. Prudence Marule says...

    I dont know what it is about coffee tables and little people, when we were young the coffee table was our favorite place to sit!

  8. Jo says...

    your boys are just so full of joy ! It’s gorgeous xx

  9. Oh this is so fun, i’m going to totally do this with my niece!!
    Don’t kids claim the red m&m’s are better than the yellows and greens?? ;)

  10. Amy says...

    My husband usually reads books to them first and then I head in when the lights are off. We try to have the GLAD conversation – what are you Grateful for today? What did you Learn? What did you Accomplish? What Delighted you? We often just make it through the Grateful part. My 5 year old son always says Family, and my 2 year old daughter switches it up every night. Tonight, she said she was grateful for elephants, bunny rabbits and noses. It always ends with the two of them dissolving into giggles before they say I love you to each other and then fall asleep. It’s a sweet thing to witness.

  11. Harper says...

    So cute!!! I can’t get over how much Toby resembles you and Anton resembles Alex. Love it.

  12. Carrie says...

    My husband and I play this with jelly bellies on road trips. Most entertaining road trip game ever!

  13. My husband always puts the baby to bed and they have their thing ( I love peeking in on them, both snuggled up under the covers reading board books) and I put our 5 year old to bed, which often includes aerobics. :) Sometimes we do the 7 min. work out before I tuck him in and read a book. It’s super fun, plus it wears him out!

  14. elenor says...

    What a cute game! My older kids (12 and 10) love to answer questions after dinner to win chocolate chips, m & ms , mini cookies or mini marshmallows, etc. This game is easily tailored to ability levels (math facts, vocabulary, history, science, spell a word) and they love the challenge and quality time.

  15. Abby Atkins says...

    I love that! But I’d be tempted to trick them because I love to torture my kids in the best way. Like a wet noodle and say it was a worm or a grape and tell them it was an eyeball. Good things
    my kids love it and have started pulling tricks on me. My four year old jumped out at me as I got out of the shower and I screamed very loud. It was great fun! And Antons little face kills me. The anticipation! It’s so good.

  16. This is a great game! Although my boys are older (9 and 11) I’ll try it, I think they’ll love it.
    Our traditions include a story right before bed (weekends only) created by their dad and with three fictional characters that go through different HILARIOUS adventures. I love hearing all of them laugh extra loud while I’m downstairs making tea for my husband and me.

    Alina
    http://www.eclecticalu.blogspot.com
    PS. loved this post!

  17. Katie says...

    Growing up, my cousins, brother, and I would play a ‘taste testing’ game similar to this. Still brings back good memories to this day.

  18. I’ve recently starting offering my two and a half year old dessert, as an incentive to stay at the table, or have “one more bite” of her dinner. The funny thing is that she is still young enough that “dessert” just means something that isn’t already on her plate. It could be crackers, cheese, or maybe fruit but not necessarily something sweet. One of these days I’m sure she’ll demand cake and ice cream!

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      that is so cute. i love kids, they’re all such lunatics.

  19. sara says...

    I love this. I will definitely try this with my boys (ages 4 and 2). We play “peach & pit” at dinner time every night. Each person takes a turn sharing their favorite (peach) and least favorite things s(pit) of the day. It’s super sweet, i love hearing about some of the little things that stayed with the kids from the day. It can get a little tricky when we try to guess what our 2 year old is sharing ;)

  20. Lauren says...

    Sweet little Anton looks kind of like a baby Bernie Sanders!

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      hahahahahahahaha you’re so right! i’m going to tell alex right now….

  21. These photos are just so adorable! And what a fun idea.

  22. Cute idea! I’ve only recently introduced Luna to chocolate and let’s just say she didn’t have any issues with that food group! Haha! Chocolate broccoli anyone? Haha! Ewww

    Lendy
    http://www.twoplusluna.com

  23. Mary Jenkins says...

    This is a really cute idea! Your boys are the sweetest.

  24. hannah says...

    We’ve bought a box of half red/half green grapes and then tried to guess if the grape is green or red with our eyes shut. Some boxes are really easy to guess and some are really tricky. It’s surprising!

  25. Diana says...

    When he was about 5 or 6, I offered our family picky eater $20 to try a strawberry or raspberry which he’d never even tried and he refused. When he was about 15 he started trying just about every food at least once!

  26. Such an adorable idea! My daughter is a little too young, but I love this for the future! Our bedtime routine is just to make sure a have a little time with each parent before bed. Most nights Iput our daughter to bed, but she lover her father so so much that even when he is busy a quick book or run around the house before bed really makes her smile. If I have plans that night, or something I’m trying to get done and he is taking over, I make sure to spend a little time with her before bed, a little pretend play or cuddles. For us, this has helped so much in avoid her developing much of a preference towards a parent and therefore fussing when they’re not around. She is excited to play with either of us!

    xoxo http://www.touchofcurl.com

  27. Mariana says...

    Joanna, your boys are the SWEETEST. Thank you for sharing this joy with us!
    And… where can we find those sweet pjs and that gorgeous coffee table.. sorry to lower the tone to a more commercial, material level!
    x

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      thanks for your sweet note! toby’s pajamas are from the australian store g.nancy (gnancy.com) and anton’s are from hanna andersson. and our coffee table is from DWR. thank you! xo

    • Gabrielle says...

      We also love Hanna Andersson PJs in our house – could not love them more, they wash and wear so well and are so cosy with cute prints and organic cotton. We have also tried G Nancy, and not such a fan – so just a warning, the neck/head hole on them are super tight and small (you can see in the pics how different they are to the Hannas) and unless you have a kid that does not mind having them forced (literally forced) over their head, then I would not recommend them. We have tried a few different items from that brand and just had to give up on them because of the small head hole thing, sadly as the prints are great, they are always good on returns and refunds though.

  28. claudia098 says...

    We play 2 Truths & a Lie at supper. Each person tells 3 things from their day. One of them is made up but the other 2 are true. We have to guess which is the lie. My kids are 9 & 13, so may not work just yet around your table!

  29. Carrie Snow says...

    Love it!

  30. Ali says...

    It’s a really good game from a developmental perspective (I am a pediatric OT)…it helps with textures, attention, and turn-taking! Also, when I was a Montessori student, one of my favorite games was “What noise is it?” when we would all sit in a circle, close our eyes and have to guess what was producing a particular noise (like a marker cap coming off and on, etc.)

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      what a great idea! i want to try that next.

  31. Jaci says...

    Growing up my parents would pray with me every night as I lay in bed. As an adult I’m not a believer, but I wanted to replicate that moment of gratefulness at the end of the day for our son, so each night we take turns naming between 1 and 10 things/people/events we’re grateful for from our day. It’s such a special time.

    • Carrie says...

      What a beautiful idea, Jaci. I’m starting this with my kids tonight!

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      how beautiful and sweet.

  32. Nina says...

    Oh so cute. A long time ago when I babysat in high school and the people I worked for had far fuller pantries than I had ever experienced, I did taste tests with the kids.I would get two similar things (a lot of them) and put one in their mouth, have them chew and then the other and they had to guess what was what. So a wheat thin or ritz cracker. Or cheddar or american cheese. They loved it. For bed time its been the same for years – potty, wash, floss, brush, change, clothes in hamper, story, lights out,back scratch, tell Me 3 bad things from the day and then 3 good things. Weve recently added in watching funny you tube videos together because who doesnt want to laugh before bed?

  33. Nina says...

    We do “close your eyes open your mouth” for meals all the time! My two year old twins always cheat, and they usually give me the food to put in their mouth, but they still guess wrong half the time. Its the best game! It focuses them back on the food when they get lost in being silly.

  34. this is so fun! love their expressions

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  35. Linda says...

    Love your dining room table, may I ask where is it from?
    Thank you

  36. What a fun game!! Do they usually get it right or need a few turns to guess it. Great idea for adults too :)

  37. Annie says...

    This is a fun idea! I might have to try it with some littles that I know.

    Where is the throw on the sofa from? I love it!

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      thanks! if i remember correctly, the grey/white one was from Terrain and the yellow/white one was from West Elm.

  38. So cute! We’ve done this with snacks before, and I’ve thrown some interesting things (chopped pickle, curried garlic, etc.) in ala Survivor: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4l9PqnWkzFY

    It’s a great way to create little food adventurers!!

  39. MissEm says...

    That’s so fun! What a good memory for them! Our kids are usually a wreck by the time dinner’s over so there’s lots of wailing and dragging towards bedtime, but we do always light candles at dinner to make it feel special and cozy (and sometimes the two year old blows them out because oh, THE CONTROL)

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      hahahahaha love it. anton also blows the candles out at restaurants (at our table and, if he’s fast enough, the neighboring tables).

  40. cute idea!