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Three Healthy Snacks - for Children to make! 🍒🍓🍇🍎🍉

Montessori fruit salad with watermelon

Otto (3yrs) and I were looking for some new, healthy snacks to make. We found a few ideas in Little Green Kitchen.

First, we made some fruit salad with Mini Watermelon bowls. This is an idea from Little Green Kitchen but all we did was make a normal fruit salad (with melons, strawberries, banana, raspberries, blueberries, apple, grapes, and banana) and put it in a Mini Organic Watermelons (AU)(similar US here). It looks so cute. 

Watermelon fruit salad at How we Montessori three years

We used a melon baller to make melon balls and to scoop out the watermelons completely. Then we chopped up the rest of the fruit and when finished we put it all into the empty watermelon bowls and served them. Otto was so proud to share these with his brothers.

Montessori fruit salad with watermelon

This is the first time I've allowed Otto (3yrs) to use the Opinel Knife, it's sharper than his other knives so I was extra cautious. 

Montessori fruit salad with watermelon

There was lots of transferring work. Besides a little guidance, I cut the watermelons in half, did a little scooping, and cut some apple, Otto did the rest. 

Montessori Fruit salad (1)

It looks good! 

Banana and avocado chocolate mousse at How we Montessori kids healthy chocolate mousse

Next, we made some Chocolate Mousse (recipe here). We put one ripe banana, one ripe avocado, 3 tablespoons of nut butter, 4 tablespoons of Cacao powder into the blender. We also added some honey as I knew my children wouldn't find it sweet enough and a bit of water to get my blender to start mixing. We topped the mousse with Cacao nibs, chopped almonds, and some fresh raspberries. You can also find the Magic Mousse recipe with just bananas, cacao powder, and nut butter (no avocado) by Green Kitchen Stories here. The recipe says to put this in the fridge to set, but we never do, the children eat it straight away! It's light and a super healthy chocolately treat!!

Chocolate mousse at how we Montessori

There was not one drop of this left over. 

Cucumber boats food prep activity snack at How we Montessori (2)

Otto wanted to make the Cucumber Sailing Boats from Little Green Kitchen. It's much like making ants on a log but with cucumber. We started by removing all of the seeds from the halved cucumber. We filled the cucumber with hummus, we could also use cream cheese or perhaps peanut butter. With yellow capsicum and a cocktail stick, we made a sail. We couldn't get ours looking like the sailboats in the book so we just put some small tomato, halved grapes, and sultanas in the boat, as if they were people. It's still cute and Otto ate his straight away. We could also make them smaller and cut the cucumber into little boats if our children wanted a smaller snack or don't like lots of cucumber.

Making cucumber boats at how we Montessori

There are lots of components to making this like scooping, spreading, threading and it also requires creativity. It's good to teach children that what we make doesn't have to look exactly like the picture in the recipe book.

Cucumber boats at How we Montessori hummus capsicum

Most importantly - remember process over product. Keep it child-led and don't worry too much about what it looks like at the end. 

Resources: Little Green Kitchen: Simple Vegetarian Family Recipes, Children's Opinel Red Knife, Kitchen Helper, Similar Yoghurt/Mousse Pots.

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