Constructive Eating

Kids' Dinnerware

Playing With Food

If your kids are like mine, they’d much rather play than sit down to eat. Wouldn’t it blow their minds to do both at once? Wouldn’t it blow your mind to see them stay seated and engaged at family meals? Maybe even try new foods without a struggle? These utensils and plates from Constructive Eating will add fun, incentive and quite possibly tranquility to your table and they’ll have your kids shoveling food in their mouths in no time at all. Literally. In a nice way.

The three-piece utensil set features a forklift fork, front loader spoon and bulldozer pusher. Each apparatus is true to scale, a thrill for those small and highly observant construction fans. Easy-grip handles are made of rubber, which is particularly useful to the under-6 set still mastering their utensils. The coordinating plate has ramps and dividers like a real construction site, and the utensils fit right into the different cavities. (All materials are FDA-approved and free of PVC, BPA and phthalates.)

The idea for these eating machines came to Jackie Malcolm one night in a sleep-deprived haze, when she wished for a forklift-shaped utensil so her son could entertain himself while eating. The next morning, Jackie and her husband Carter started drafting prototypes and Constructive Eating officially broke ground. So imagine a stress-free family dinner, with little balking or wandering. Picture kids happily experimenting with new foods because it’s so much fun to heft that fantastic forklift. You can just enjoy yourself, and leave the heavy lifting to the pros.
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Grommet Launch Conversation

  • Carter and Jackie
    Carter and Jackie

    Constructive Eating is excited to be a repeat Grommet! We love the site and have enjoyed watching it evolve. We are excited to have our second Grommet show not only our eating utensils, but also our new product for 2009, the Construction Plate. All of our products were conceived and designed by us the two owners of Constructive Eating: Jackie and Carter. We both will be here throughout the day to answer any questions that you may have. We look forward to chatting with you, so please don't hesitate to comment.

  • Jules
    Jules – Grommet Team
    11/25/2009 1:07 PM

    This may be stating the obvious, but we found when we researched the original Constructive Eating set that it is important to get an individual set for each child. Otherwise you are just looking for trouble. Dinner time squabbles, not peace.

  • Katherine
    Katherine – Grommet Team
    11/25/2009 1:10 PM

    I remember liking this Grommet when it was first featured, but the plate is genius and now I like it even more!

    I had one of those boys who could name every part of an excavator and whose first words were deedo (for digger) and boowa (for bulldozer). This would have been ideal. He still prefers finger food to eating with utensils and I think that this would have been just the trick to get him comfortable with utensils. Anything that makes eating vegetables fun gets an A+ in my book. I loved that part in the video! This is definitely THE gift for the young boy or girl who loves construction trucks!

  • Carter - Constructive Eating
    Carter - Constructive Eating
    11/25/2009 1:14 PM

    Thanks for your kind comments Katherine. We enjoyed our second Grommet. We laughed out loud when the official demonstrator turned and fed the food to his sister! We're happy to answer all questions today.

  • Valyri
    11/27/2009 5:29 PM

    We gave this Constructive Eating set to my 3 year old nephew for his birthday. They have been his go-to utensils. My sister even packs it when they go away. The pusher is the best part of the set because it really does help them get the food onto the food and spoon and then into the mouth. I wish I had invented this.

  • Christine L.
    Christine L.
    1/5/2010 11:26 PM

    Here's a picture of Jack using the "constructive eating" plate and tools he got from grandma for Christmas -- as you can see he loves them! Thanks Mimi!

  • Grandma Ellyn
    Grandma Ellyn
    11/20/2011 2:44 PM

    great idea! and colors, but what about little girls?

  • Katherine
    Katherine – Grommet Team
    11/20/2011 3:40 PM

    @Grandma Ellyn: Little girls who love construction trucks will love this too!

  • Shanna
    12/11/2011 12:33 AM

    I know that my little girl will love this! Everything does not need to be pink or purple for little girls, and they like construction vehicles and tools, too! We need to stop differentiating between "girls' toys" and "boys' toys" all of the time and just have toys. Thanks for this, Grommet!

  • Katherine
    Katherine – Grommet Team
    12/11/2011 12:45 AM

    @Viri: I hope she enjoys it!

  • Caryl
    7/31/2012 5:34 PM

    My two year old LOVES Truck/bullddozers! Just ordered this for him today. Cannot wait to give it to him! I'm thinking this'll be his "favorite,' most used gift I have even given him!

  • Katherine
    Katherine – Grommet Team
    8/1/2012 9:12 AM

    @Caryl Goodman - I love the feeling of locating that perfect gift!

  •  Julie
    8/1/2012 3:34 PM

    When will the placemat sets be available? I was going to order several for baby gifts.

  • Chew-Hoong
    Chew-Hoong – Grommet Team
    8/2/2012 1:48 PM

    @ Julie: What a neat idea for baby gifts. Lucky babes! The placemat sets were very popular. We hope to have more in 1 1/2 - 2 weeks; will let you know directly know once available.

  • Angela
    8/5/2012 12:38 AM


    Will there be an email notification when the placemat sets become available?

  • Chew-Hoong
    Chew-Hoong – Grommet Team
    8/6/2012 9:46 AM

    @Angela Ochoa: We'll only email folks who want to know when the Grommet is available. We'll be sure to contact you directly.

  •  Maggie
    8/7/2012 10:28 AM

    What is the recommended age for the utensils? Are they too simple for a 5-6 years old?

  • Chew-Hoong
    Chew-Hoong – Grommet Team
    8/7/2012 1:17 PM

    @ Maggie: Age span for usage varies for each child. The easy-grip handles are made of rubber, which is particularly useful for kids who's still mastering their utensils. Nimble kids who love construction toys enjoy using the dinnerware too.

  • diane
    11/8/2012 12:48 PM

    My 3 year old grandson is crazy about construction vehicles. Really want to give him this for Christmas. Think they'll be available in time for Christmas??

  • Chew-Hoong
    Chew-Hoong – Grommet Team
    11/8/2012 6:53 PM

    @diane kentes: Your grandson will be crazy happy on Xmas morning with this Grommet. Lucky him! Will be available in a few weeks. Glad you signed up to be notified when they're back in stock.

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