Melon Balls Edible Sensory Bin

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This sensory bin didn’t turn out quite as attractive as I hoped, but the goal of course was fun, not Instagram worthiness, and Veronika sure had fun with it. Originally I hoped to arrange the tricolor visual of round honeydew, cantaloupe, and watermelon balls in a small tray. But with all my small Tupperware in the dishwasher and short on green honeydew, I set the balls only watermelon and cantaloupe on a baking sheet instead.

I added a few scoops and spoons, as well as a chopstick spear, and set Veronika loose!

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She loved using the spoon first.

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The chopstick was novel, and she lifted the pieces of melon up and down on it.

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I encouraged her to get right in there with her hands, showing her how we could squeeze and squish the melon.

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Of course this led to the delightful discovery that it tasted good.

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And that it made a satisfying “splat!” when thrown against the floor.

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In sum, this kept my thirteen-month-old busy for quite a while, filling cups, nibbling, and enjoying.

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Apple-Roasted Carrots

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A little apple juice adds just the right hint of sweetness to these carrots, perfect for toddlers.

Ingredients:

  • 4 carrots
  • 1/4 cup apple juice
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  1. Peel and thinly slice the carrots, and toss with the apple juice in a large bowl. Transfer to a baking sheet coated with the olive oil.
  2. Bake at 450 degrees F for 15 minutes, until very tender.