presentation is everything sometimes
I was reminded of how presentation is half the battle to get kids to eat nutritous food, reading the fruit plate post. i too found that if I arranged the fruit, cut up , on a plate, or even veggies, it was devoured. the little ones delighted in food turned into faces. The ant on a log was always a hit, like you said. (thanks Girl Scouts). Oh the things we do for our kids and their nutrition.
A new thing I think would be good to have around is those waffle sticks, only make them ahead yourself, with those new waffle stick irons. Just make them nutritious with ww flour, sunflower seeds, etc. Then they can just eat them cold or nuke them and spread with pb.