I saw these on Pinterest and thought “I can do that!” so I did. It doesn’t happen often that I even try something off Pinterest let alone “Nail it”. I did not even use a recipe I just made it up. The picture explains it all. But here is what I did to let the children be involved.
I pre-cut all the fruit and washed all the berries and organized everything before even telling the children we were doing something. I wanted to avoid having those little hands trying to grab everything as I prepared it all. So, I let them play and surprised them with a fun hands on cooking experiment!
I love using words like “adventure” and “experiment”. It gets those cute little imaginations going and allows me to have more control of them as they hang on my every word.
For the juice I got each one of them to help add the Pears, Pineapple and the Mango to the blender and then I got my oldest helper to pour in some Orange Juice. Just enough to cover the fruit already in the blender. Then we all covered our ears as the “Great Chopping Machine” did its job.
I have two sets of reusable Popsicle sticks from IKEA and I mix matched the bottoms and tops to help color code whose Popsicle belonged to whom.
Each child chose the berries or fruits they wanted in their Popsicle and filled up their cups.
Then I poured the juice from the blender into their cups tapping them on the counter to release any air bubble and to make sure all the fruit was surrounded by juice. Then we stuck the Popsicle sticks into the cups and the whole thing into the freezer.
We made these in the morning and ate them after nap time. So probably give yourself about 5 hours to allow them to harden or just make them in the evening and eat them the next day. Since we did not eat all the berries and fruit i cut up or use all the juice we made, they had the rest for snack.
They each took suck pride in their finished project and opening each Popsicle was a little surprise as we saw how unique each one was. They are already talking about what they are going to do different next time.
- cutting board
- reusable Popsicle sticks
- Orange Juice
- Black Berries
– Lion and her cubs