Fun with Fruit

Lots of fun and fresh ideas for you to get your 5 a day. 

Children will love helping create these healthy snacks, especially the animal themes and they are a perfect activity for snack time.

Banana Dolphins

Fun and easy and perfect for children to help prepare and eat!

All you need to do for these is cut a banana in half, then cut a slit on the stem to make a "mouth."

Stick a blueberry or a grape in its mouth and put it inside a plastic cup filled with other delicious fruits.

Young children will love these!

The Very Hungry Caterpillar

This friendly caterpillar is made from apples and babybels and is gluten free.

Ingredients

  • 1 green apple, cut into slices
  • 1 Babybel cheese (from the dairy aisle)
  • 1 fruit strap (from the health food aisle)

Method

  • Place the cheese onto the plate for the head.
  • Place the apple slices in a line to form the body. Leave one slice for the eyes.
  • Cut 6 little legs from the fruit strap using a small sharp knife. Place them underneath the body.
  • Cut a little smile for the face. Cut two antenae. Place smile onto the cheese and antenae above.
  • Cut two small eyes from the apple slice. Place onto the cheese.

Strawberry Octopus

This fun Octopus is very easy to make and might be too cute to eat!

Ingredients

  • 2 Strawberries
  • Candy Eyes

Instructions

  1. Wash 2 strawberries
  2. Cut off the green stems
  3. Set one berry on a plate, cut side down
  4. Slice one berry into eight pieces for “legs” and arrange them
  5. Press the candy eyes onto the berry

Kiwi & Strawberry Flowers

Cute and fun flowers made from Kiwi fruit and strawberries - and a cheese string!

Ingredients:

  • Strawberries
  • Kiwi fruit
  • Cheese strings or bread sticks

Nice and simple - all you need to do is slice your strawberries to make the petals, and use sliced Kiwi fruit for the leaves.

For the stem, you can use a cheese string or a bread stick and if you use a cheese string - chop the very end off to create the centre of the flower.

Banana Butterflies

Is it a bird? Is it a plane? No - it's a banana butterfly!

Ingredients:

  • Banana
  • Strawberries
  • Kiwi
  • Cheese and blueberries for a garnish

Place the banana in the centre of a plate to create the butterfly's body.

Finely chop some strawberries and use these to shape the top two wings.

Chop a kiwi and use two slices for the bottom wings.

Draw on a face with a knife or you could use writing icing.

Decorate the plate with shaped cheese (use tiny cookie cutters if you have them, if not just make circles of another shape) and blueberries or grapes.

Butterfly Snack Bags

The perfect snack for on-the-go!

There's not really a recipe, as you could put whatever you wanted to in them.  Here's what we used:
Ingredients:   
  • Red and green seedless grapes
  • Multicolored goldfish snack crackers
  • Individually wrapped string cheese 

Craft supplies

  • Snack sized zip top bags
  • Wooden clothespins
  • Fuzzy pipe cleaners, cut in half
  • Googly eyes
  • Glue 
Step-by-Step:    
By all means, if your young elementary-aged child, or even preschooler is making these for their snack, please enlist their help.  So many elements of this project is beneficial to them.  Even if it is just sorting or counting out the grapes for the bags - it's all part of the learning process.
We recommend gluing the googly eyes onto the clothespin first, so they will have time to dry. You can also buy stick on eyes that don't need glue.
Fill your bags with your chosen filling - don't over fill them and don't use anything too squishy.
Clip them shut with the pegs and trap the pipe cleaners in the top.
These are great to take with you when you go on a local walk - you could even make it a "butterfly hunt" to look for butterflies and reward your children with the snack when they have ticked some off their list.

Fruit Turtles

Super cute kiwi turtles.

Ingredients:

  • Kiwi & Grapes

Super simple - just chop thick chunks of Kiwi fruit to make the body, a whole grape to make his head, and chopped grapes to make his feet.

*Cut the grape heads in half before giving to young children, to avoid choking.