Why you should let children play with their food

Every evening parents across the country bark the same instruction to their young children at the dinner table: ‘Don’t play with your food!’

Now, however, research suggests that youngsters who are allowed to mess around with their fruit and vegetables are actually more likely to eat them.

Researchers found that children given permission to touch, handle and even squash foods such as spinach, cucumbers, bananas and tomatoes were more inclined to snack on them later.