Some kids are picky and others might just like a little variety added into their daily meals and snacks. Sometimes it’s easier to get a child to eat a better meal by making things fun! I recently decided to try a lot of fun new kitchen techniques to get my toddler to eat more, and to actually enjoy it. She’s always liked fruit, so this Under the Sea Fruit Plate idea was a fast favorite.
You really don’t need much to make it happen, and even if you have different fruits (or veggies!), you can try this fun snack idea at home for your own little ones. Follow these simple instructions to make your own Under the Sea snack or meal for your son or daughter.
Yellow Raisins for eyes
(Substitute other fruit if needed)
- Wash all the fruit.
- Remove stems and leaves from the strawberries and check blueberries for stems as well.
- Slice strawberries into toddler safe slices.
- Use the pieces that resemble hearts as the fish, with the top of the hearts serving as the open mouths of the fish.
- Cut small triangles from other slices to create the fish tails.
- Add a yellow or black raisin to each fishy for the eye.
- Finally, create your pretty ocean waves using as many blueberries as your child will eat.
– If your toddler likes broccoli, cucumbers, or celery, consider making some strips of “seaweed” and “kelp” that you can line up at the bottom of the plate. If your child is a bit too picky for this obvious of an incorporation of vegetables, you can cut up some additional strawberries or other fruits for the ocean floor.
– If you don’t have strawberries, you can make fish using other fruits like watermelon, cantaloupe, and even apples and pears. Use a small heart-shaped cookie cutter if you have one, or do everything freehand.
If you try this and have your own photos, feel free to send them to us and we’ll gladly post them as inspiration for other moms and dads looking for creative toddler meal and snack ideas!