If you ask my kids, snacks should be fun, yummy, and portable. And if they can help make them, all the better.
These fruit necklaces fit the bill all around. Plus they are healthy, which makes me happy.
Maia, Daphne, and Marlise each strung their own fruit necklace snack with fresh fruit "beads" yesterday during a playdate. And then they draped them around their necks and proceeded to eat them right away.
This was a spur-of-the-moment idea inspired by cheerio necklaces, popcorn garlands, and all of the colorful fresh fruit we had in the house.
Set up for making these fruit necklace snacks included:
- Washing a variety of fruit (we used grapes, strawberries, and blueberries) and setting them in the center of the table.
- Cutting two-foot lengths of elastic thread and threading each onto a chunky yarn needle (you could also use yarn or embroidery floss and an embroidery needle).
- Setting out plates—one for each child—to work from.
- Starting each necklace with one grape (or whatever) knotted in place to hold all the fruit "beads" on the necklace.
- Calling the kids to the table.
Here's a photo of one of the yarn needles with elastic thread. I'm not sure where I picked up the yarn needles, since I don't usually have much to do with yarn unless it's part of a children's art project.
The girls were very content to string the fruit. Maia and Marlise each made different patterns with their fruit.
Daphne strung a long row of grapes and then added some blueberries at the end. She called hers a snake, by the way, and didn't want me to tie hers into a necklace loop.
The older girls ate two necklaces each for their snack. Daphne snacked as she worked, then gave her snake to Marlise as a gift.
The fruit necklaces were definitely a fun playdate snack. I think they could be a unique addition to party or a picnic as well.
What do you think? Would you try this with your kids?
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