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Dad's Mealtime Creations For Son Who Struggles To Eat Sees Him Make Cucumber Trains And Vegetable Cars

04/11/2015 11:44 GMT | Updated 05/11/2015 14:59 GMT

A dad has come up with an ingenious idea to encourage his toddler to taste new foods... but it might take a bit of time if you want to replicate.

Stuart Hallworth has made 3D model meals in the shape of robots, trains, buggys and cars in a bid to get two-year-old Jack eating healthily and happily.

Hallworth, a bar manager from Rochdale, said his son has struggled to eat since he was baby. He was prescribed milk to make sure he was getting enough vitamins and minerals.

But since Hallworth has upped the mealtime game with his creations, Jack has been more forthcoming about eating new things.

He told Manchester Evening News: "He really likes playing with it and gets him used to having food around him. I also like that he’s learning bout different foods, colours, textures and what the pictures are - for example the train, he learnt about the different parts of it."

A Minnie romantic

Posted by Stuart Hallworth on Friday, 18 September 2015

Hallworth said his toddler's reluctance to eat might have stemmed from an illness he had as a baby, or the fact he has enlarged tonsils.

Doctors have advised the dad-of-one that he's likely to grow out of it, but the next six months are crucial in getting him back to eating food over the prescribed milk.

Describing it as a "sensory eating disorder", the dad said his son has gone from just playing with food to licking it, eating it and actually swallowing it, too.

"He loves to help me prepare the food and loves baking too. He now realises that eating is good and necessary and he is very proud of himself when he does," Hallworth added. "He keeps saying it’s in his tummy and he wants to be ‘big and strong like daddy’."

Hallworth said he creates the meals with inspiration from the internet. See some of the brilliant creations below.

Baby fruit cocktail

Jack wanted a baby sized fruit cocktail so jack got a baby fruit cocktail

Posted by Stuart Hallworth on Tuesday, 3 November 2015


Vegetable racing car

Jacks fast food!

Posted by Stuart Hallworth on Friday, 9 October 2015


Kermit fruit cocktail

Kermit fruit cocktail

Posted by Stuart Hallworth on Tuesday, 22 September 2015


Hello Kitty apples

Hello kitty!

Posted by Stuart Hallworth on Friday, 4 September 2015


Frog 'n' swan

Supper at the frog n swan

Posted by Stuart Hallworth on Thursday, 3 September 2015


Cucumber train


Olaf sandwich

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