Sometimes the kids are too busy building a neighborhood out of Legos or saving the world from from evil villains to stop and eat lunch. "Can't eat now, Mom. Gotta go rescue Lyssa from the Monster Baby." Getting them to sit at the table and consume a wholesome meal can be frustrating. It's days like this we like to play with our food.
Today, I used our Lego cookie cutters for their pb&j sandwiches. (If you have difficulty slicing through, use a sharp knife to trace the outside of the cutter.) Then, I pulled out the coveted letter pretzels. The kids like them because they're fun. I like them because they're $1 a bag. Oh, and because they're fun. Jake practices spelling words, while Alyssa points out various letters. They eat lunch without a fuss and without realizing that they're learning. It's a win-win.
I must warn you though, if you give a boy a person-shaped sandwich, he may put a pretzel in a strategic location. Said pretzel may come out with peanut butter, which just happens to be brown, on it. Use your imagination. Or don't.