In baby-land any time spent with you is exciting – even meal times. Make lunch more fun by cutting sandwiches into animal shapes. These healthy snacks will spread big smiles all round.

What you need


Ham or cheese




A safe knife (only to be used by Mum or Dad)


Improves hand-eye coordination

Creates a positive association with food

Develops the imagination

Boosts social skills

And don’t forget, the everyday things you do together can make a big difference and can help your child to grow up healthier and happier.

How long will it take?

15 mins

What to do

  1. Make a regular ham or cheese sandwich, then cut the sandwich out in the shape of a giraffe – making a round part for the head and a long part for the neck.

    cutter on ham sandwich
  2. Now your child can give him chopped carrots for eyes and spots, a cucumber slice smile and pieces of tomato for ears. You could help encourage your child to speak by naming each ingredient as they place them.

    sandwich giraffe