Fruit skewers and a puzzle
Posted May 24, 2012on:
So I said it would be the last lunch yesterday, but I ended up having to make one for Little A today. I remembered to pay for Miss G’s lunch, and in the rush out yesterday forgot to include her. Oops!
I also volunteered for the snack for the 2 year old room since it was a water day for them spending the morning in the hot sun. I offered for a few reasons. I really dislike the “snacks” that most other moms bring with tons of added sugar, food dyes, and the like, and I want to see all the kids refuel on the right foods. After some great suggestions from friends, I went to the fruit skewer idea. I had some issues this round though. These are 2 year olds. Not only do they put everything in their mouths, but they are also clumsy by nature. I knew I couldn’t use the sharp, wooden skewers. I poked myself plenty of times just making them so I was hoping to avoid injuries. I decided on cake pop sticks. They are the thicker, paper sticks with blunt, rounded edges like on a large lollipop. There is one big problem with those sticks and fruit. Paper and water don’t go well together. DUH! So they ended up being ok, but the sticks were wobbly by the time the kids ate them. They didn’t fall apart, but they were not ideal. Next time I will look for a different alternative. Lastly, watermelon is terrible for the skewer idea. If you’re going to use it, you’ll have to do it in large pieces or it falls apart. I also like the idea of leaving the rind on and poking the stick through it as separate snack. All in all, the kids loved them, it was a healthy snack and they looked good. They were made of cantaloupe flowers, pineapple chunks, honeydew melon stars, cherries and black seedless grapes.
Here is Miss A’s last minute lunch for her. I used the puzzle cutter by LunchPunch for the sandwich and made a piece of vegan cheese and a piece of fruit leather on top. To the right are mandarins and watermelon pieces packed in her LunchBots Duo.
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