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How to Make Blueberry Treat Cones Kids Will Love to Eat

I love to cook and try new foods and recipes. I try to do my best to incorporate healthy foods, but sometimes I need a little comfort food.

Blueberry Treat Cones

Blueberry Treat Cones

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.

Blueberry Treat Cones

Blueberry Treat Cones

Blueberry Treat Cones

First Assemble Your Materials

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.

  • 1/2 cup blueberries for each cone
  • 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, 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.

Wash, Rinse, and Stem the Blueberries and Set Aside to Dry

Wash, Rinse and Stem the Blueberries and Set Aside to Dry

Wash, Rinse and Stem the Blueberries and Set Aside to Dry

Here's How We Make and Fill Our Treat Cones

  1. Find or make a template.
  2. Gather your supplies: Colorful clean paper for the cones, paper doilies, stickers, ribbons, non-toxic glue or scotch tape, and child-safe scissors.
  3. 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 the process.
  4. Lay the template on the paper and trace it out. Little children may need help with this.
  5. 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.
  6. Let the children decorate the outside with stickers.
  7. Put the blueberries in the cone.
  8. Dust with confectioners sugar if desired.

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, 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

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RinchenChodron on January 23, 2013:

Kids will love this!

Aunt-Mollie on January 10, 2013:

I do love blueberries! This is an interesting way to serve them. (I wish they were in season right now!) The 'Junior' cookbook you feature is a modern version of one I had as a child. I should really check out the new edition of that. Liked!

Camden1 on September 11, 2012:

What a fun craft, especially for summertime when we really need fun, quiet activities for the kids!

TamarWrites on August 10, 2012:

What a fabulous craft! Camp is over next week and we have to fill in two weeks with activities. My kids will love it!

Wednesday-Elf from Savannah, Georgia on July 31, 2012:

Clever combining a food and a craft. Excellent way to get the kids to eat their fruit! Congratulations on being featured on the Blueberry Bonanza Monsterboard. I featured this page on my âBeautiful Blueberry Handicraftsâ lens.

Stephanie Tietjen from Albuquerque, New Mexico on July 30, 2012:

I like this innovative idea!

getmoreinfo on July 30, 2012:

Blueberries are great and I love them for snacking perfect for the cones too.

WriterJanis2 on July 19, 2012:

How fun for kids!

Ellen Gregory (author) from Connecticut, USA on July 18, 2012:

@ecogranny: I find the organic tend to taste better. Also, our locally grown, pick your own are good. It's the ones that come from far away, off season that are flavorless --ditto on out of season apples.

Kathryn Grace from San Francisco on July 18, 2012:

Blueberries have always been among my favorite fruits, especially when I was a child--before they were bred for shipping and picked green. So good! Today, with the less delicious blueberry wannabes in the produce aisle, my grandchildren seldom dig into them like my sibs and I did in the day. Your cones are a good idea for combining a fun craft and helping the children to eat the less than stellar berries of today. Thanks for the idea!

Ellen Gregory (author) from Connecticut, USA on July 18, 2012:

@bake-dawg: It wouldn't work with me either if it was stuffed with spinach.

bake-dawg on July 18, 2012:

Cute, fun idea. At first I thought "they won't go for that", but with berries they might. Probably won't work if you stuff it with spinach. :)

anonymous on July 18, 2012:

Very creative treats! :)

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