Tuesday, July 1, 2008

Fourth of July Fruit Kabobs

This Monday night our "Family Night" was centered around the meaning of Independence Day.
There is a great little website called www.enchantedlearning.com that has a ton of worksheets/coloring sheets for your little ones. We used the Fourth of July activity book tonight. I also love the star table-top decorations, and the Fireworks craft. If we have time in the madness of this week we will try these out as well. You can definitely use this website without paying the $20 membership fee (I haven't paid yet), although I will say things are probably much easier to print out in the PDF format (for members only).
We had these Fourth of July Fruit-Kabobs for dessert to go along with tonight's theme. These are super easy to make, and your kids will get a kick out of making their very own. Another bonus: if my kids participate in the creation of any recipe they are 90% more likely to eat it- and that was definitely the case with these Kabobs.
Of course, the addition of marshmallows helped too :).

What you will need:

Bamboo Skewers (we used 6 inch, but you could definitely use the 12 inch size)
Large Marshmallows (cut horizontally into thirds with kitchen shears)

Skewer each ingredient and enjoy! Of course if you have a young child, you will need to watch them carefully with their skewer (or just give them the ingredients in a bowl).

You can turn this recipe into a learning activity by having your child create a pattern with the ingredients (like in the picture above). This would also be a great time to talk with your child about the importance and meaning of the colors/symbols of the flag. There is a website www.usflag.org that has just about anything you would like to know about the American flag- from history to appropriate flag etiquette. You can even learn about how the design our current 50 star flag came to be.


Hannah said...

yum!! I love 4th of July food.

Sherie said...

I have done this with bananas too, instead of marshmallows...I'll admit, not because I'm as health conscious as I should be, but because we didn't have any marshmallows. :)

Theresa said...

Bananas were something I had not thought of- thanks for the suggestion! I had thought of Apples with the skin peeled off for the "white" as a marshmallow alternative...but that was as far as I got :)

Justina Selim said...

What a great idea! Those are cute and look yummy!

Cheri McNeal said...

I'm thinking angel food cake would be a good substitute for the marshmallow. Less fattening and a good accompaniment to fruit.