Chocolate-Dipped Fruit Activity

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Looking for a fun way to keep toddlers busy if big siblings are helping in the kitchen? Give them extra ingredients and chocolate to dip it into!

This activity can get messy but is bound to keep little fingers busy. I gave Veronika chunks of fruit (sturdy fruits like cantaloupe, strawberries, and bananas all work well) with a toothpick in each.

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In a microwave-safe bowl, combine 5 ounces chopped dark chocolate and 1 tablespoon vanilla frosting. Microwave at 30 second intervals until melted. Let cool slightly, then place on the high chair tray for your toddler, along with the cut fruit. Time to dip!

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I showed Veronika how to poke the other end of the toothpick into a Styrofoam block while the chocolate set, which is half the fun!

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After initially snacking on some strawberries, it turned out she was much more into this as artwork, spreading chocolate onto a paper plate with the toothpicks. But between nibbling at strawberry pieces and dipping fingers into the chocolate, it kept her busy while big brother cooked, which was all I needed!

American Flag Fruit Kabobs

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Here’s the perfect fruit salad for the 4th of July… In the shape of the American flag!

Ahead of time, cut 17 strawberries in half so you have 34 pieces total. You’ll also need 28 slices of banana and 30 blueberries. Then set out 11 skewers.

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Travis loved helping me puzzle through each skewer in order as we worked left to right across the flag. The first 5 skewers needed: strawberry, banana, strawberry, banana, and then six blueberries.

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The remaining 6 skewers needed: strawberry, banana, strawberry, banana, strawberry. I was so proud of Travis threading these on without poking himself!

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And now you have an American flag! Cue up the patriotic tunes as you work (You’re a Grand Old Flag comes to mind), and you have all the makings of a perfect start to Independence Day.

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You can share this fruit platter with a crowd… but Travis was determined to eat his away across Old Glory solo!

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