We seem to have a difference of opinion…
Last week we ran what we thought was a cute craft idea called Edible Food Crafts. We received wonderful feedback on it and many of the other articles. However, everyone did not share our enthusiasm for this craft idea. The following thoughtful response was sent to us by one of our loyal followers and we wanted to share it with you.
Thank you for your newsletter. I enjoy reading the articles and features. One additional note — edible crafts sounds interesting, however (and I do not want to be negative or to stymie anyone’s creativity, but), using food for crafts has some severe drawbacks: children may be inclined to eat the supplies; this is a ready means to spread germs as children handle, trade, horde, or negotiate over the food before using and/or eating eat it; and in this case it involves giving the children sugary edibles which poses a variety of heath issues and may contradict our efforts to encourage healthy eating habits. Additionally, some authorities believe it sends the wrong message to have an activity that uses food in ways that could be considered wasteful (if the food is not going to be eaten.)
Our goal at Childcare Bridge is to bring collaboration, a sharing of information, resources and ideas to all of our mutual support. We are grateful when other opinions and ideas are presented so that every idea has a voice and each professional can choose for themselves what works for them from a variety of ideas and solutions. Please click this link to see what one of our guest authors has to say about food as crafts.
We are opening this subject up for comments and encourage everyone to weigh in with their feelings on the subject and any ideas about how to successfully navigate this issue. Please let us know about your experience with this topic.