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Kids Make Fruit Kabobs
Posted By Heather On August 28, 2009 @ 5:56 pm In Appetizers,Breakfast,Gluten-free Crafts,Kid-friendly,Parenting,Salads,What's for Dinner? | 18 Comments
I love to get the kids in the kitchen and have them help prepare meals. Well… that’s what I like to say. But honestly, when dinnertime comes around, I’m often rushing around to get it done. Instead of finding something the kids can do, I’m often scooting them out the kitchen, out of my way. With our summer activities finally slowing down this week, we were able to take our time and make something together. We decided to make something that’s always a kid favorite: Fruit Kabobs!
Fruit kabobs are a great activity for kids. You can use almost any fruit, they are in bite-size pieces, and the kids can put it together themselves (or with minimal help, depending on their ages). Melon is a perfect fruit to use on the kabobs because it is so easy to cut. I did the big cuts, and removed the rind from the fruit with the big, sharp knife. But then the kids could use a butter knife to easily cut the melon into bite-size pieces. They thought it was great. We had a cantaloupe, but watermelon and honey dew would be good additions. You can see from the picture that we used strawberries and grapes, too. Go ahead and use up whatever you have in the house. Of course, some fruit turns brown quickly, so if you’re making them in advance you’d probably want to avoid those.
Cutting the fruit. If your kids are older, consider letting them cut the fruit themselves with Rachael Ray’s Young Cooks Cutting Set . If they’re younger you could cut the fruit yourself, and just let the kids put the pieces on the sticks. If your kids are somewhere in between, consider letting them use butter knives or plastic knives.
The Sticks. You can use a variety of sticks for skewering the fruit: toothpicks, bamboo skewers, coffee stirs, small skinny straws, or even chopsticks. But my favorite is plastic swizzle sticks, or Drink Stirrers . They are just the right size, not too sharp, and colorful.
Good for kids and the family. This activity encourages kids to help out in the kitchen. Kids feel good about what they created. They get to pick the fruit they want, and then eat it! With the kids going back to school soon, I’m also thinking this activity is great for helping kids build fine motor skills.
Now that I got the kids back in the kitchen, I’m hoping to continue it more often. So, when I sit down to plan our meals  for next week, I’m going to include one or two items that the kids can help prepare. Planning in advance will allow me to schedule around after-school activities and give us plenty of time to get it done. If you’re looking for some kid-friendly recipes, or maybe a little more inspiration, check out these online posts and articles:
Stir Fry Kid Style 
Cantaloupe is the theme ingredient this week for Friday Foodie Fix at The W.H.O.L.E. Gang . So check it out for more gluten-free recipes with cantaloupe.
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 plan our meals: http://celiacfamily.com/category/menu-plan/
 Getting Your Children to Cook: http://www.elanaspantry.com/getting-your-children-to-cook/
 Happy Kitchen Jam Tarts (gluten-free, dairy-free, egg-free): http://piginthekitchen.blogspot.com/2007/05/happy-kitchen-jam-tarts-gluten-free.html
 Kids in the Kitchen: Spaghetti and (Gluten-Free) Meatballs: http://tastyeatsathome.wordpress.com/2009/07/04/kids-in-the-kitchen-spaghetti-and-gluten-free-meatballs/
 Stir Fry Kid Style: http://glutenfree4goofs.wordpress.com/category/whats-for-dinner-gluten-free-goof-recipes/stir-fry-kid-style/
 Benefits of Cooking with Kids: http://early-childhood-development.suite101.com/article.cfm/benefits_of_cooking_with_kids
 Cooking with Kids Teaches About Simple Snacks: http://www.life123.com/parenting/young-children/cooking-with-kids/cooking-with-kids-simple-snacks-a-to-z.shtml
 Dads and Kids Cooking Together: http://www.fathersworld.com/recipes/dadscookin/index.html
 Why Invite Your Kids Into The Kitchen?: http://www.guideposts.com/story/kids-in-kitchen-annabel-karmel
 Friday Foodie Fix at The W.H.O.L.E. Gang: http://www.thewholegang.org/2009/08/friday-foodie-fix-cantaloupe/
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