This could be the answer for fretful parents – cool-looking food to tempt even the fussiest of young palates. Everything from Spongebob to Sid the clumsy Ice Age sloth. The innovative idea of father of two Mark Northeast. He was desperate to get his four-year-old son Oscar to eat up his lunch and played around with his sandwiches to make appealing designs.
'He always took forever to eat his lunch so one day I cut his sandwich into the shape of a space rocket and two vegetables into boosters, said Mr Northeast, 36. 'He then wolfed it down in five minutes flat.' He put a photo up on Facebook and pretty soon people were asking what was coming up next.
'I got more and more engrossed in what I could do with sandwiches. I wanted to be able to open the fridge and say what can I do with this – cucumbers, lettuce, tomatoes, carrots and bread.' Now Mr Northeast, a web designer from Littlehampton, West Sussex, is hoping to sign a book deal and his website
My only concern would be to what extent my food had been 'played with', which scares me a little. But I'm guessing kids of 4 and 5 don't worry about these kinds of things. What harm can it do really. Getting creative with food is something adults practice with cooking, so why not encourage the younger ones to spice up the excitement of eating a boring old ham sandwich!