I've noticed a trend at our house lately. The mornings we start the day making rainbow fruit kabobs - those days end up being the best days.
BTW, these are also my fav kids' snack right now...
Which is saying a lot because we're averaging about 57 "can I have a snacks" a day lately...
Not sure exactly what it is about these that's helping to keep the peace...
could be any combo of the following...
- Fruit first thing in the morning. This has become one of my personal not-a-rule rules for both myself and my kiddos). I noticed it just felt so darn good. My girls are also not so great at drinking water first thing so I like the idea of getting in hydrating fruit first.
- It gets them occupied with an activity. Literally these two will sit at their little table skewering fruit until there is no more. It could entertain for well up to an hour (I want to say hours but remember they're 4...). I'm no pre-school teacher but this is a winner for fine motor skills and coordination.
- It stops the "can I have a snack" requests. When they ask, the answer is a fruit kabob! And they want to eat it because they made it. Everyone wins.
- It gets them thinking of other people. They want to deliver them to everyone in the neighborhood. They're so proud. Note: we started making these during COVID-19 so we did not do this...
- Rainbows, color and fruit make everyone happy. True, no?
All this to say this is my favorite little activity for kids right now.
It's also a super cute appetizer for a party, BBQ, shower, etc.
I would not combine these two though. Cause, you know, friends don't let friends eat food touched by their kids. 😉
Instead give your kids one of these snacks.
Rainbow Fruit Kabobs
- mandarin oranges
- honeydew melon
- purple grapes
- wooden skewers (6 in) (can also use toothpicks for a smaller version)
- Note: you can substitute fruits for another of the same color (eg. raspberries, mango, cantaloupe, green apple, peaches, red apple, etc.).
- Cut up fruit into bite sized pieces (eg. halve strawberries, dice melon, peel and separate oranges).
- Slide each piece of fruit (one of each color) onto skewer.
- Can put in any order you like. If you want to follow rainbow order it's red-orange-yellow-green-blue-purple-pink (ROYGBPP).
- Store in airtight container in fridge.
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