How to Make Fun 'Finish Your Food Cards' for Picky Eaters

Finish your food challenge card: how to get your kids to eat their food
No one wants to be called a monkey's bottom!
Finish your food challenge card: how to get your kids to eat their food
Or have their food stolen!
Finish your food challenge card: how to get your kids to eat their food
Or miss the worm hole!

Trigger your kids competitive streak and get them clearing their plates… even their vegetables!

And, yes, they do work. I’ve tested them myself (see below)… however, the novelty does where off, so you might need more than three designs!

Finish your dinner challenge cards in action (with empty plates)
Yay, two (almost) empty plates!

Step by Step Guide

I’ve provided printable artwork for the 3 designs above. Just sign-up below and you’ll get sent a download link.

Finish your dinner challenge cards: illustration 1

Step 1: Print the artwork onto card (210gsm)… choose between colour or a black and white version you can colour in yourself.

Step 2: If you can’t print onto card, use normal weight paper and then mount it onto card using spray mount or paper glue.

Step 3: Next, cut the illustration out using a pair of scissors, I’ve included a convenient outline for you to cut around.

Clip Version

The following step shows you how to make a clip using wire, I’ve also provided an easier alternative further down.

Finish your dinner challenge cards: illustration 2

Note: You’ll need a bulldog clip big enough to fit onto a plate… and wire at least 1.5mm thick (you’ll find this in the garden section of your hardware store).

Step 4: Using a pair of pliers tightly bend the wire around the inner part of the bulldog handle (A).

Step 5: Next, bend the wire towards the outer part of the handle and wrap it tightly around again (B). Finally, bend the wire over and past the jaws, and add the two slots for the challenge card to sit into (3).

Finish your dinner challenge cards: illustration 3

Step 6: Squeeze the handle and attach your challenge card clip onto the edge of a plate.

Step 7: Push the challenge card into the two slots.

Card Bracket Version

If bending wire is not your thing, try making a cardboard bracket…

Finish your dinner challenge cards: illustration 4

Step 8: Cut and fold a piece of card, as shown. Apply glue to the side tabs (A). Fold the card ‘in half’, along the main horizontal fold… at the same time fold the tabs inwards, until they overlap and can be secured.

Please note: Don’t make the bracket a perfect right angle, it needs to ‘lean backwards’, to compensate for the angle on the rim of the plate.

Step 9: Glue the bracket onto the back of a Finish Your Food challenge card and use the bulldog clip to attach it to the edge of the plate.

Materials List

  1. A4 paper and card
  2. Scissors
  3. Paper glue
  4. Spray mount (optional)
  5. Colouring pens (optional)
  6. 1.5mm wire
  7. Bulldog clip

Creative Takeaway

There’s probably lots of great ways you can spin this idea… such as trying to solve other food related habits, like messy eating! Good luck.

Written and created by

Life-long maker of who also loves to draw. Author of two books.

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