Crack the Code on a Fun Beach Snack

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Crack the Code on a Fun Beach Snack

July 30, 2014

Heading to the beach can be a pricey excursion when you add in the costs of lunch, snacks and drinks, so we like to bring our own. Knowing that my boys will have sandy hands come snack time, I figured out a fun fingerless way to enjoy fresh fruit—fruit kebabs.

To make fruit kebabs you only need wooden skewers and 3-4 of your family’s favorite fruits. I sometimes add in mini-marshmallows for a special treat.

Before going to the beach we had to cut the fruit. Young kids might not be able to hold the knife yet, but they can help with verbal prompts. I asked my children things like how many pieces we should cut each fruit into and did some simple division while cutting it. We talked about quantities in terms of which fruit we needed to pack more of and which fruit we wanted less of.

I give everything a rinse and cut the fruit before packing up the cooler. Hooray if you have a helper who’s old enough to do this. My guys are still young, but they can help remove stems.

While prepping the fruit we talk about their shapes- spherical grapes, and well, pear-shaped pears. We might also talk about the number of seeds the different fruits have y have and where to find them. Of course, seeds are usually on the inside of the fruit, but there’s at least one well-known exception—strawberries!

We also look at the patterns in the fruit while cutting it. They always get a kick out of seeing the secret star inside of apples.

After an hour or two of fun and sun, my crew is ready for a snack. I just take out my containers of fruit and them each a skewer and set them to poke and prod the fruit. I challenge my boys to create patterns. They typically create a 1-2-3, 1-2-3 pattern like strawberry-blueberry-banana, strawberry-blueberry-banana, but older kids might come up with more complicated patterns.  They might arrange the fruit pieces by size of the cut pieces or maybe even in alphabetical order. Trying to guess each other’s patterns builds observation skills, but to my boys it’s like cracking a code.

Looking for other fun fruity activities? Look at the patterns in the fruit while cutting it or talk about how much juice their favorite fruits provide.

What’s your favorite way to enjoy fresh fruit?

 

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