| Identifying A Need, Creating A Solution, Providing The Catalyst
Constructive Eating, Inc., the creators of the Constructive Eating Plate,
has recognized that when it comes to kids in today's society, eating is "not" a
fun experience. For them it is just a regular part of life that is
not always a pleasant one. The founders of Constructive Eating, Inc. taken
this fact and created a solution to solve the problem.
A key point which they found consistent with kids and eating is that whatever
the food may be on their plate, many kids will have a tendency to put
their creative skills to work and create something with the food. Whether it
be a creative new sculpture from their mashed potatoes or word puzzles from
alphabet cereal, kids will do their best to make the toil of eating more
The only problem in creating a solution is that although kids
may have a desire to get creative and somehow make their eating fun, there
generally is a need for a proper catalyst to trigger the desire of a child
to put their minds to task, other than thinking of their discomfort.
This is where the functionality of the Constructive
Eating Plate comes into play so well. The Constructive Eating Plate is
a product that serves as that catalyst that is so needed, it encourages kids
to eat without regret and have loads of creative fun simultaneously.
The Constructive Eating Plate - A Magical Product
What you have here is a magical product which triggers the creative imagination
of a child to envision their wildest fantasies. The
body's response to the use of creative imagination carries over to a countless
number of other developmental skills. In a sense you could say that it begins
a chain reaction, the completion of each response of the brain and body becoming
the catalyst to trigger yet another.
A Base On The Moon, A Football Game...
||The Constructive Eating Plate, is a colorful plate which in a child's mind
can become a base on the moon, a football game in action, or whatever their
creative little minds may fathom to create in pretend-Play...while eating.
Kids can now put their creative skills into action, shooting for the most
laughs from their artful creation they create with food on their Constructive
Eating Plate, arranging the food on the plate.
Not only does the Constructive Eating Plate provide a plateful of fun, it
also solves one of the most dreaded situations confronted by kids when they
are eating their meals: it prevents foods from touching each other! No more
meltdowns because the creamed corn is touching the chicken fingers. I am sure
that some of us are still searching for a good self-help book to
get over that particular childhood trauma.
More Than Just A New Fangled Creation
The Constructive Eating Plate is so much more than just a new fangled creation
which will have a short lived measure of popularity. It is in fact quite to
the contrary. With a simple combination of eating utensils, food, and the Constructive
Eating Plate, the eating experience for kids and other family members becomes
more than just another meal. Kids can begin creating an abundance of smiles
from other family members and friends with nothing more than their meal, utensils,
and imagination skills.
Slots for a fork to fit, scoops for a spoon to fit,
a ramp to push the last bit of food up into the spoon; these are all unique patented
features of the Constructive Eating Plate to stir a child's imagination while eating.
Best of all, you can take the Constructive Eating Plate one step further by
adding the optional "Construction Equipment Eating Utensils".
These utensils are actually designed to work with the patented features
on the Constructive Eating Plate! Time for kids at the dining table will now
become an even greater experience of excitement and fun!
With or without the optional "Construction Equipment Eating Utensils", kids
discover an entirely new realm of experience in eating and have fun in doing
what in the past they may have seen as boring and redundant activity. At the
same time, the Constructive Eating Plate is making headway in the background,
providing a substantial contribution to a stronger development of creative
expression, fine motor, sensory, social and cognitive skills.
* With the "Construction Equipment Eating Utensils" the levels
of skill development is increased significantly.
Excerpts From Our Independent Evaluator Reports
Obtaining An Independent Perspective...
In this section we will cover the "Constructive Eating Plate" from the
perspectives of qualified professionals in the specific field associated with
the product being evaluated. To accomplish that task we have called upon the
assistance of two top industry professionals who know their stuff and have the
credentials to prove it.
Our professional and independent evaluators have formed their own opinions
from extensive analysis and produced detailed, in-depth reports connected with
their study and evaluation of "Constructive Eating Plate".
The information to follow is comprised of excerpts from those same reports with
some which have been paraphrased and others verbatim, in order to encapsulate
the primary points being conveyed in each report. This approach provides completely
independent perspectives in the evaluation of "Constructive
PLEASE NOTE: The names of our independent evaluators are not disclosed
to protect the privacy of these individuals upon their request. Their labors
are provided at no charge to assist us in providing a well-balanced and qualified
product evaluation summary. Their title is provided to clarify for our readers
the specific type of specialist from which the information provided has been
included in each product evaluation summary. All opinions and or statements
from the independent evaluator(s) featured here do not represent the opinion
of The Toy Man® Product Guide, any other division of GreyWolf Corp, or GreyWolf
PRODUCT: Constructive Eating Plate
Board Certified Behavioral Analyst
"The Constructive Eating Plate was a very pleasant change in products
to evaluate. The functionality is quite clear and the benefits which can
use are plentiful."
"Many parents fail to realize
that the time they share with their child or children while eating is very
important. It is a time which enables parents to interact with their
children and in doing so help in the development of their psycho-social development
which is so vital for communication. The Constructive Eating Plate becomes
a conduit of sorts which helps a child communicate their emotions and thoughts."
"For many children, eating at the table is a time which they do not relish, being told
what they have to eat and feeling of lesser value from the experience. Part
of what creates this discomfort is something quite simple which to parent may
seem annoying but to a child is a monumental issue which requires immediate
attention. What could this possibly be? It is the same event which
I am sure many of us will take memory of...food mixing/touching."
"While this may seem so insignificant to many mothers after a challenging
day at work or handling the tasks in the flat, to a child they see
it as their worst nightmare come true with no desire to be a part of it. The
Constructive Eating Plate solves this issue for children in a very creative
way with multiple compartments of various shapes which separate each portion of
food, one from the other. This is but a mere pittance of the many details
to share about the product."
"Another important feature of the Constructive Eating Plate is the portability. It
can be taken virtually anywhere for your child to make use of it. I can
only begin to imagine how many times when families have been out and had
food being spilt, or had their child fussing over the food touching an other
things which we might see as such nonsense. The Constructive Eating
Plate plays an active role as a solution to those moments."
ECD Facility Director
"The Constructive Eating Plate was quite enjoyable to work
with in our evaluation. Rather than having to contend with trays or
singular plates, the Constructive Eating Plate is absolutely wonderful with
its unusual design and functionality. The students in my groups were
captivated by the color and design of the plate, but for our staff, the separation
of the food areas much like a tray was the ultimate of convenience. Less
spillage and risk of other drama that generally tends to develop."
may be of strong importance to our staff, the more pertinent interest
is a child's developmental skills and the product's attribution to their
further development. It was quite apparent at even a fleeting look, the
Constructive Eating Plate held many key elements in its design which
provide immediate validation of this."
"The students were fully engaged with the Constructive Eating Plate
throughout the entire
evaluation period. Many of the children were fascinated with
the various shapes they could feel in the various ares of the plate."
"After completion of our evaluation I have no skepticism of the Constructive
Eating Plate being a quite valable product for applicable use either in our
ECD operations, at home, or both. Having a product which serves not
just to function as a means to hold food for the children but also provide
a significant contribution to the development of critical skills for children
makes the Constructive Eating Plate practically priceless fro my own personal
viewpoint and analysis. Oustanding!"
Consumer Hands-On Evaluation With A Twist
Nothing is more powerful than hands-on experience by
a consumer with a product when it is under evaluation. Based
upon that fact we put a number of products we currently are slated to evaluate
at the mercy of consumers in a hands-on evaluation where anything
goes. Shall we see how the "Constructive Eating Plate" was
seen with consumers?
The Constructive Eating Plate created a level of response
we never would have expected for those participating in our spontaneous
hands-on product evaluation at
a public mall in California. (Due to all of the food that was given
out by one of the restaurants there, we have been asked not to disclose the
name of the mall or specifc location.)
The Constructive Eating
Plate put an entirely new spin on our spontaneous hands-on evaluation. Never
did we imagine actually having actual food for the participants to
use in their evaluation.
Special thanks are in order to the Panda Express restaurant for
providing the meals for all of our participants.
Considering the fact of the Constructive
Eating Plate being designed to have its full value recognized with real
food, that posed a problem with our trying to do an evaluation without issues
of liability, etc. That problem was quickly resolved by the owner of the Panda
Express in the mall. It turns out his wife and kids were participants
in our evaluation so he donated meals for all of the participants as his way
of saying thanks for their supporting our own efforts.
We soon discovered that there was momentum of excitement rapidly
developing within the group of participants as with each group of two participants
evaluating the Constructive Eating Plate, everyone was busy with sharing
their comments about the Constructive Eating Plate, many of them even
disregarding the rest of the products we had available for evaluation!
In the final
evaluation sheets filled out by the parents, there was not a single negative
comment from any of the parents...nothing but the very best of compliments and
mention of how they felt the Constructive Eating Plate was such a great
item to have there. No question about it, the Constructive Eating Plate was
a hit with all participants and even those who were outside of our area watching. The Constructive
Eating Plate passed this segment of our evaluation with flying colors!
A Sampling Of Some Of The Category Ratings
A small sampling of the individual category
titles & rating
scores from the complete product review itself
for this product are featured here. The categories which have been selected to
be featured in this product evaluation summary for
public view, specify some of the primary points of how and why that specific
rating score was reached.
- If a product is inducted, a product evaluation summary of the
complete review is published for public view.
- When a score has been assigned to a category rating, it has been through
a thorough validation process to ensure accuracy and no inflection of bias.
- If a product scores an overall category evaluation
rating average of  Stars or lower from the complete review results,
it fails the evaluation and is not inducted.
- Information for products which do not pass our evaluation is confidential and is shared only with the company submitting the product.
The Featured Category Ratings for this Product Evaluation
Summary are listed below.
DURABILITY: Rating Level - 
The Constructive Eating Plate was quite simple to evaluate for
DURABILITY considering it is designed with a very solid non-toxic plastic
compound. The Constructive Eating Plate was
put through an excessive amount of wear and tear via multiple in-house
tests we perform, after it was already used in our spontaneous consumer
hands-on evaluation. The Constructive
Eating Plate was also used in two well established commercial childcare
We found it quite interesting how the Constructive Eating Plate can
be pushed to the limits with extensive mechanically induced pressure
from flexing and twisting without any sign loss of integrity. In
the final analysis in our evaluation of the Constructive
Eating Plate in this category for DURABILITY, it closes
the doors on this evaluation category with a perfect score of  Five
FUNCTIONALITY / PURPOSE: Rating Level - 
The Constructive Eating Plate made this area of category evaluation very simple
for us all. In both of the well established commercial childcare
facilities in which the Constructive
Eating Plate was introduced for use in an actual real-life application,
the facility directors and doctors all were of like mind. The Constructive
Eating Plate performed exactly as expected if not better in reference
to functionality and purpose. Even in our in-house testing,
the Constructive Eating Plate still made its way to our group
of products which made it to the final evaluation phase and
In the final analysis in our evaluation of the Constructive Eating Plate in
this category for FUNCTIONALITY & PURPOSE, it scored quite well in all areas.
The Constructive Eating Plate comes through in this category with a
perfect score of  Five Stars.
FUNFACTOR™: Rating Level - 
FUNFACTOR™ is a term created and used by our publication to identify if a product
contrinutes to the creation of smiles and laughter from use of it.
The Constructive Eating Plate was determined to be quite effective
in adding to the experience with children so that the end result is plenty
of smiles and jovial spirit with children in the home, with
day care centers, and with children in SN assistance. There were a number
of compliments shared by everyone at the day care centers as well as many
if not all of the parents whose kids were able to experience eating with the
Constructive Eating Plate at the public Mall.
The Constructive Eating Plate completed the evaluation in this category
for FUNFACTOR™ with a perfect score of  Stars.
MARKETABILITY: Rating Level - 
Marketability of a product is a vital part of the equation in the many categories
in which a product must pass. The Constructive Eating Plate demonstrates
durability well beyond expected, functionality, extensive contribution to
skill improvement, and quality. One of the primary keystones which adds great
value for marketability to the Constructive
Eating Plate is that it contributes so substantially to skill development.
There was one minor point made which cost the Constructive Eating
Plate a single digit in this category. Some of the compartments for
the food on the plate have an absolute flush edge. Although the Constructive
Eating Plate is dishwasher safe, some mothers have a phobia about food
possibly collecting at the flush edge. The Constructive Eating Plate is
easily cleanable yet the potential for some mothers to have discomfort with that
one factor is still there.
The Constructive Eating Plate come in with a perfect score
of  Four Stars in this category for MARKETABILITY.
SKILL IMPROVEMENT: Rating Level - 
The Constructive Eating Plate made it easy for us to determine its standing
in reference to skill improvement. The Constructive Eating Plate has
a number of various differences in shape which for sensory development alone
is outstanding. The Constructive Eating Plate in actual use provides
the medium for a child to exercise their creative thinking and motor skilkls.
Determining accurate scoring in this segment of our evaluation was probably
one of the easiest we have had yet to work with.
The Constructive Eating Plate provides a substantial contribution
to a stronger development of creative expression, fine motor, sensory, social
and cognitive skills and more. The Constructive
Eating Plate pulled a perfect score of  Stars in this category for
VISUAL APPEAL: Rating Level - [4 / 3] |
The Constructive Eating Plate was more challenging to score in this
category for VISUAL APPEAL. The challenge here was trying to look at the
product as an adult, then how does a child see it? After working with numerous
adults and kids, we finally completed our evaluation and scoring in this category. The
color scheme is bright yet nothing to go WOW! over. The value for the Constructive
Eating Plate was more in the functionality, durability, and several other evaluation
With kids, they liked the color of the Constructive Eating Plate yet
weren't as one evaluator expressed, "wowed". With the
the majority rated the visual appeal as "average" with nothing
spectacular to draw your attention yet pointed out how they still liked
the product and would purchase it if they were in the market for it at that
After carefully reviewing all pertinent
evaluation data for the Constructive Eating Plate in this evaluation category,
was reached that the Constructive Eating Plate passed this category with a
score which was well above average a fell short a perfect score by single
digit with [4 / 3] Stars in this category for VISUAL APPEAL.