A great way to keep Maya entertained for an hour – and get her to eat a ton of fruit – is to have her make fruit kebabs. I cut the fruit and supervise from afar, but she does the rest. I provided her with a bag full of wooden skewers and a variety of different fruits to choose from. The more solid, the better.
- apples and bananas (squeeze a little lime on them to keep them from turning brown)
- honeydew melon
Maya also picked a handful of fresh mint leaves from the garden, and added them for a little splash of green. Marshmallows would be a fun idea, and good for keeping the fruit from sliding down the skewer.
Just cover and chill the kebabs in the fridge until ready to serve. A sauce to dip them in is a nice touch. Mixing honey and Greek yogurt is easy and yummy… my favorite fruit dip!
Maya would eat a piece of fruit for practically every one she threaded onto a skewer! Fruit kebabs can be something done just for fun, as a party snack, or you can turn it into an educational activity.
Kids can learn about…
- Colors. Create a rainbow – watermelon, canteloupe, pineapple, kiwi, blueberry, grape (ROY G. BIV!)
- Counting. How many pieces on each stick?
- The importance of hand-washing.
- A bunch of different fruits. Which ones have seeds, skin, etc.
- Why fruit is healthy… vitamins and other nutrients.
Have more than one or two kids doing this, and you’ll find they’ll start throwing fruit and poking each other with the skewers. I can tell you this from experience. Cut off the sharp tips with kitchen shears to be safe!