in order start introducing each fruit and vegetable to k, i looked for toys that would help k recognize them. there were plastic versions but i didn’t want k to put plastic in her mouth all of the time. then i found this stuffed toy set online. what made me decide was that they are machine washable so i can clean them often.
k enjoyed playing with them a lot and as expected a lot of time she put it in her mouth. but it is as expected since that’s how she learns! before her meal, i would show her the fruit or vegetable if it was in the meal and repeat the name. after her meal, i would let k play with them after she eats. from this toy, the first food she learned was the word “apple”.
the toys are ridiculously cheap and can be purchased at IKEA or online.