Elise and I made some fruit sticks for her class the other day. We had them at her birthday party and they disappeared within minutes so I was pretty sure they would be a hit in class as well. Elise’s teacher said they were and it was fantastic for her because she didn’t have to worry about bowls and forks! I made another batch this morning.
How to make them: Use whatever fruit you think will work. I’ve used cantaloupe, watermelon, blueberries, strawberries, blackberries, banana, pear and grapes to name a few. You could also use pineapple, mango or papaya. Use bamboo skewers with the sharp end cut off and then cut in half. Cut a big batch of sticks while you are watching tv or having a sit down so you have them ready when you need them. Cut the fruit up into squares after your shop or delivery so it is all ready to use. Then you can use the fruit in bowls with forks if you are short on time or make the sticks with your kids if you have more time. I find a nice time to do something like this is after lunch. A calming experience for all! I’m even able to have a cup of tea! This is a good strategy for kids that can be distracted and won’t sit still and eat! Elise loved helping with this and ate a mountain of fruit while we were doing it. Whenever we make something together she eats a pile of it while we are making it. I made hummus a while back with her and she ate about half a tub!
Who says healthy food can’t be fun?!