A Crafty Way to Serve Fresh Blueberries to Kids
Here's a way to get the kids to eat fresh, unadorned fruit. First, involve them in the craft of making the paper treat cones. Then, fill the treat cones with fresh blueberries. Let them pick up the fruits in their hands and eat them as a snack or dessert.
This is a great craft for blueberry season, on a rainy day, or a great sit-quiet craft for those super hot days. Making the cones is simple, and the kids can let their imaginations run wild decorating them. Letting the kids make the cones themselves turns a simple, nourishing fruit into a special treat.
Let your imagination run wild. You can look around the house and use found materials. Just make sure everything is non-toxic and has no little pieces that may fall into the food.
- Sturdy paper for the cones. Scrapbook paper works well. Gift wrapping paper that has some thickness to it.
- A cone template.
- Scissors, pencil, scotch tape or paper glue (non-toxic).
- Trims for the cones: doilies, ribbons, stickers, and pictures cut out of magazines.
- A cone template. If you don't like that template, you can use a paper plate. Take a standard round dinner plate and lightly draw an outline around it. Now draw lines as if you are cutting a pie slice that is one-fourth to one-third of the pie.
- 1/2 cup blueberries for each con
- Find or make a template.
- Gather your supplies: Colorful, clean paper for the cones, paper doilies, stickers, ribbons, non-toxic glue or scotch tape, and child-safe scissors.
- Wash the blueberries and set them aside in a colander to dry. Patting them dry a little with a paper or cloth towel will speed up the process.
- Lay the template on the paper and trace it out. Little children may need help with this.
- Cut out the shape and gently roll it into a cone shape, and secure the loose edge with tape or glue. Make sure there is no opening in the bottom or an opening small enough that a blueberry can't slip through.
- Let the children decorate the outside with stickers.
- Put the blueberries in the cone.
- Dust with confectioners sugar if desired.
Photo Guide for Cones
I Find Berry Picking Relaxing
Make a day of it, and take the kids to pick the berries themselves. The kids will see how their blueberries grow. Teach children which berries are ripe and which to pick.
To me, berry picking ushers in the summer season. Fresh fruit is a sign of the beginning of summer and being outdoors.
When I was younger, there were woods where we could go and pick berries, mostly blackberries. Now that those areas are developed, we have the local berry farms.
© 2012 Ellen Gregory