Activity - Sunshine Salad

Sunshine Salad

Make a snack that’s sunny and yummy in the tummy! Nutritious and quick, this fruit salad boosts your child’s small motor development and hand-eye coordination.


Be sure to wash your hands with warm soapy water before all food activities. Also, this activity contains dairy, so be aware of any allergies and plan accordingly.

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  1. Pineapple ring, one for each child. We recommend sugar-free, canned pineapple in its own juice. It’s easy to store and have on hand. Keep an eye out for small cans with 4 pineapple slices like this example on Amazon. Note that a whole, fresh pineapple takes a few days to ripen and is more difficult to cut into circles-- but it can be done and is delicious!
  2. One small, fresh orange per child. Adults, please slice or peel into sections.
  3. Low-fat yogurt - About 8 ounces or half of an individual serving like this example of plain, non-fat yogurt. If your child prefers another flavored or non-dairy yogurt, go for it!
  4. Optional - About 1 teaspoon of honey found here, to taste.
  5. Small metal or plastic bowls like these, if you don’t have an individual serving of yogurt on hand
  6. One dish per child
  7. Everyday table or soup spoons like these
  1. Skilly-spark: Talk with your child about the shape of the sun. Then look at the pineapple and the orange slices. What shapes do they have?  Consider the the color of the fruit, too. How does it remind you of the sun? Now, let’s make a yummy bit of sunshine for our snack.
  2. Using your spoon, mix the honey into the plain yogurt using the yogurt container or bowl. Young children love to help doing this. If you're using flavored yogurt, you can skip this step.
  3. Place one slice of pineapple in the dish for each child.
  4. Put about one tablespoon of the yogurt mixture in the middle of the pineapple slice. Adults usually have to do this, as the hole is quite small.
  5. Arrange the orange slices around the pineapple slice to create the rays of the sun.
  6. Now eat the sunshine!  Note you may have to help your child cut the pineapple with the spoon.
Keep the fun going
  • Viva la variety! Experiment with different kinds of yogurt flavors, add nuts such as walnuts or almonds. Fresh or dried fruit like blueberries, raisins, are delicious and good for you too.