Summer Fruit: It’s Magic!
KIDS IN THE KITCHEN: A RECIPE FOR SUMMER FUN
Have you ever wished for a magic wand you could wave over your kids to get them to actually like eating healthy foods? Magic Fruit Wands just might do the trick!
There’s nothing like time in the kitchen to get kids’ mouths watering–especially when they’re helping to put together something as easy, fun and fresh as these magic wands made out of fruit. The best part is that after you’ve cut up the larger fruits, your kids can make these special treats almost entirely on their own.
The recipe is adapted from weelicious.com, where chef Catherine McCord reigns supreme. It’s a marvelous site, filled with healthy, kid-friendly recipes of all kinds. I’ve signed up to get posts in my inbox on a regular basis. I think you’ll like it too!Read more
Color Me Cool: Watermelon
HEALTHY FOOD IN LIVING COLOR: MOUTH-WATERING WATERMELON
Watermelon’s distinctive striped outer shell and the rich color of its flesh make it a fun food for coloring. But before you get the red crayon out, take your kids to this UCLA Science and Food website post on watermelon to show them the fruit comes in other colors, too. Who knew?!
According to the article, a watermelon’s flavor has a lot to do with its color. A yellow Early Moonbeam, a pale Cream of Saskatchewan and a deep red Crimson Sweet have noticeably different flavors, for example.Read more
Plant a Seed & Watch It Grow!
KIDS & GARDENS: GROWING WATERMELON IN A CONTAINER
What’s better than bringing home a watermelon from your local grocery store? Picking one out at the Farmers’ Market or picking one off the vine at a U-Pick farm. What’s even better than that? Picking one from your own garden!
Watermelons need lots of room, as they grow on a vining plant. In a small space, you can grow them upright in a pot on a trellis. As the fruit grows, you’ll need to use netting, stretchable cloth or a bag to create a hammock to support it.Read more
10 FUN FACTS ABOUT WATERMELON
What’s more refreshing on a hot summer day than a slice of juicy watermelon? Yum!
Here’s a list of fun facts about watermelon to share with your kids:
1. Watermelon is well named–it’s 92% water!
2. This watery fruit is thought to have originated in Africa’s Kalahari Desert. (The desert would be a good place to stumble across a watermelon, no?)Read more
“Food Cop” Fun at the Table
“FOOD COP”: A GAME TO MAKE HEALTHY EATING FUN FOR KIDS
Kids are like the rest of us: we all like to think we’re in charge. If not all the time, at least once in a while.
One day a week, have your kids take turns acting as “food cop” at the dinner table. Let the chosen one have fun with it. Find a cap with a badge at a costume shop and let him wear it at the table. Pin a star to her shirt. Give him a whistle. (Or not. Personally, I’d rather not have a whistle interrupt my dining experience!)
Remind your kids that good policemen are polite and respectful, that they are examples for the community, and that their job is to serve and protect.Read more