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Creative Snack Times

Children are more likely to eat and accept a range of fruits and vegetables if they’ve had fun preparing them. They may be encouraged to try new foods if it’s presented in a fun and exciting way (particularly if it’s colourful!).  Remember children should be offered 2-3 snacks across the day to help them in meeting their energy needs and nutrition requirements. We’ve dedicated this weeks blog to provide you with some super simple snack ideas to create with the children in your setting!

Flounder the Fruity Fish

Flounder the fruity fish is a great snack to make with children. We’ve used strawberries to make his scales but you can use different fruits or vegetables such as sliced peach or tomatoes. Why not give  children a choice of what they’d like to add. Remember the more colourful the better!

Flounder the fruity fish

Ingredients

  • 1 teaspoon of cream cheese
  • 1 slice of white or brown bread
  • 3 strawberries or fruit/ vegetables of your choice (pre-chopped into slices)
  • Blueberries
  • Chives for decoration (optional).

Method

  1. Help children to carefully cut the shape of the fish from the slice of bread (using child friendly knifes), form a diamond shape for the body and corners as the tail and fins
  2. Encourage children to arrange the bread on the plate in the shape of a fish to give Flounder his body
  3. Encourage children to scoop a spoon each of cream cheese and spread over Flounder’s tail and body
  4. Now for Flounder’s scales! Get children to place the strawberry scales onto his body
  5. If using chives, encourage children to carefully cut the chives using child friendly scissors and arrange them at the bottom of the plate
  6. Now for the bubbles! Get children to place the blueberries above Flounder’s face
  7. Don’t forget to take pictures to show parents and families their children’s creation!
  8. Sit together and enjoy the snack.

Link to learning about food

Ask children questions as you make and eat the snack. For example:

  • Why are fruit and vegetables good for us? (they contain vitamins and minerals)
  • What colour are strawberries? (red) Where do they come from? (strawberry plants that grow in the ground) Do they taste sweet our sour? (sweet)
  • What is cheese made from? (milk) Where does milk come from? (cows) Why is milk good for us? (strong bones and teeth)

Skills used

  • Chopping
  • Scooping
  • Spreading

Super Snail Family

Children will love making these cute snail family members! This recipe is great for exposing children to a range of different fruits and vegetables and is an easy way of incorporating lots of colour! Don’t forget to include fruit and vegetables that children may have refused before as this is good exposure for them!

Super Snail Family

Ingredients

  • Half a celery stick
  • 1 small teaspoon of cream cheese, hummus or smooth peanut butter (low sugar)
  • 2-3 options of fruit or vegetables e.g. cherry tomatoes (sliced in half), cucumber, pepper or orange, apple, banana.
  • 1 grape (sliced in half)

Method

  1. Encourage children to each scoop a spoon of filling (e.g. cream cheese, hummus or smooth peanut butter) and spread in the gap of  the celery. (Note: sometimes the celery sticks can be wobbly, so you may need to level them off by cutting a flat surface underneath them)
  2. Encourage children to pick a fruit or vegetable which you can have pre-prepared in a bowl (Always ensure round foods such as grapes and tomatoes are sliced lengthways). Get children to then stick them into the filling, leaving a little gap for the head
  3. Now encourage children to place half a grape on the celery stick to give their snail a head (don’t worry if it looks messy it’s all part of the fun!)
  4. You can also attempt to get children to add cream cheese for eyes
  5. Don’t forget to take pictures to show parents and families their children’s creation!
  6. Sit together and enjoy the snack.

Link to learning about food

Ask children questions as you make and eat the snack. For example:

  • Why are fruit and vegetables good for us? (they contain vitamins and minerals)
  • Where colour is the celery? (green) What other colours can you see?
  • Is celery crunchy or soft? (crunchy)

Skills used

  • Chopping
  • Scooping
  • Spreading

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By Georgia Leech

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