activity fruit kebabs snack

Fruit Kebabs

Whip up salty, sweet designs for a healthy, learning-filled treat! Stacking yummy fruit shapes together gets your preschooler’s appetite, creativity and hand-eye coordination going.

WATCH OUT!

If your child is allergic to wheat, please use gluten-free pretzels. 

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  1. 2 cups fresh sliced and/or sugar-free, chunk-style, canned fruit. Choose a variety of your favorite fruit that is isn’t mushy and holds it’s shape. Strawberries, grapes, and canned pineapple which you can purchase here on Amazon work well.
  2. Thin pretzel sticks - a dozen or so. Use pretzels that are 3 to 4 inches long, like these. If you're gluten-free, we recommend Glutino Gluten Free Pretzel Sticks, found here. If you don't have pretzels on hand, you can use round toothpicks like these, but don't eat them!
  3. Sharp, paring knife - to slice fruit. Adults only!
  4. Optional - Plastic or dull, table knives like these - for older children, ages 3 to 4 years, to help slice or poke holes in fruit
  5. Optional  - 1 cup vanilla or lemon yogurt for a dipping sauce. We prefer the low-fat, low-sugar yogurt that we find in our local grocery.
HOW TO
  1. Slice your fruit into small pieces, about ¼ inch. Your preschooler might enjoy helping you do this. If so, let them do so with a plastic knife. If you’ve chosen to used canned pineapple chunks, you can keep them in their original shape. So easy!
  2. Skilly Spark #1: Talk about all the fruits you’ve gathered together and sliced. Point out the colors and and how you’ve created different shapes. Taste a few pieces and describe how they taste. Then, have a chat about how you can stack the fruit pieces on a pretzel stick to make a thing called a Kebab. (If you or your preschooler are wondering why it's called a kebab, read more here about how medieval soldiers used their swords to cook their meat over open flames.) For a bit of math-friendly fun, you can suggest creating a pattern or design.
  3. Now, let’s thread the fruit chunks onto a pretzel stick to make a kebab. If the fruit is hard to push onto the pretzel stick or has a skin, like pineapple or grapes, make a small slice in the center with a knife.
  4. Skilly-Spark #2: Chat about how colors and sizes look next to each other. If your child has created a fruity pattern, then count or say it out loud.
  5. Try making another fruit kebab, using a different arrangement of fruit pieces. Keep making a variety of kabobs until your preschooler’s attention wanes.  
  6. It’s snack time! After making all your kebabs, you can dip each end piece into the yogurt before eating. Or you could spoon your “sauce” over your entire kebab collection.
Keep the fun going
  • Get cheesy! Make a new kind of kebab using small pieces of different cheeses.
  • Invite your child's favorite toys over for a pretend barbecue. 
  • Got leftovers? Go on and grill them! Thicker, about ½ to 1 inch, pieces of fruit can be your child’s delicious contribution to your real-life kebab cookout. Adults, grill lightly and be careful not to overcook, fruit can get squishy under fire!