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Cooking with kids does not have to be super difficult. This fun fruit kabob recipe can help kids get in the kitchen while still being easy for you! It just takes a little planning to learn how to teach kids cooking classes.
Every year at Little Sprouts, we make a cookbook as a Christmas gift for the daycare parents. Click here if you want to find out more about how I do it. It is full of fun recipes the kids enjoy making that are not too complicated. It also has pictures of the kids cooking and eating the food so it’s a fun keepsake for the parents.
Cooking with kids is fun and it teaches them math, science, and pre-reading skills, plus it gives them fine motor and sensory stimulation. And cooking healthy foods with kids helps them to become familiar with the foods and gives them more interest in trying something they haven’t tried or liked before. And there are a few tips that can help you get your child to eat healthier, check them out here.
Fun and healthy fruit kabobs are a cinch to make and the kids LOVE making AND eating them. Any time we make a recipe, I print it on a piece of paper and tape it to the wall next to the table.
For more easy healthy snack ideas for kids, check these out.
This helps me refer to the steps, but I also read each step to the kids so they get an understanding that words have meaning and I need the important words to know what to do. It’s a great primer for reading!
Fruit kabob recipes
The first step is to choose some fruit that can be pierced on a kabob. For these kabobs, we used bananas, oranges, grapes, and apples. You also need to gather some skewers. I used wooden barbeque skewers that I had on hand.
Have the kids wash their hands and meet you at the preparation place.
Fruit kabobs for toddlers
Give the kids fruit pieces and butter knives and let them cut the fruit into pieces however they can. Sometimes you might end up having to cut some of the harder fruits for them, but let them do as much as they can on their own. It’s great for their self-esteem.
The next step is to cut a lemon in half and have the kids squeeze lemon juice on the fruit so it will not turn brown. Lemons take a lot of muscle to squeeze, so with these preschoolers, it was enough to let them all take a turn at squeezing it.
Fruit kabobs for kids
Next, give the kids the skewers and let them stab the fruit and work it to the end of the stick until it is full. Since this snack is not cooked, I let the kids make a kabob and then eat it so there wouldn’t be any mixing up of kabobs. And it makes a great Cheap Snack Idea for Daycare.
Once the kids have the fruit on the kabob, I take a pair of scissors and cut the point off the stick so they won’t injure themselves while eating.
These fruit kabobs are one of the favorite things we make and they are super healthy for the kids with all of that great fruit. If it were summer time you could use melons, berries or other seasonal fruit for the kabobs as well.