I love spring time!
Luckily I live in central Florida where flowers are already blooming and baby squirrels and birds are already starting to peak in through our windows.
Now I am just waiting for the rain to start and lots of beautiful rainbows!
But why wait for the rainbows in the sky when we can make beautiful rainbows at home with our little ones...and learn something along the way!
Today I spent the afternoon with my 2-year old dreaming of spring rainbows. We started by singing the colors of the rainbows and pointing them out in the house.
Red, Orange, Yellow, Green, Blue, Purple (the actual color of the spectrum is violet but we are working on the color purple)
Then we got busy in the kitchen!
Cutting up soft fruits is a great fine motor activity for kids (not just toddlers but throughout elementary and then they can cut harder fruits and veggies).
I set-up a cutting station for her with bananas, kiwi, strawberries, oranges and blueberries. I helped her a bit but mostly worked on dinner prep alongside her. This allowed me the freedom to start dinner while still engaging with her, talking about the colors and textures of the fruit.
We moved on to making the actual smoothie, which she really enjoys. I choose a green smoothie to give our bowl a St. Patrick’s Day twist.
Then she went back to finish cutting fruits AND EATING THEM. She took lots of breaks along the way for some independent free-play (maybe she had enough of me!).
When I knew she was done cutting-up fruits I poured our thick rich smoothie in a bowl for each of us.
We built the smoothie bowl together, adding each of the fruits, which are all rainbow colored BTW.
Since repetition is key with toddlers, we named the colors of the rainbow again and again (and again) while building our smoothie.
She had fun arranging the fruits and especially EATING all the colors!
Then I added slivered almonds to the ends, because what’s a rainbow without a pot of gold!
How exciting it was for her to see a bowl full of colors that (semi) looked like a rainbow.
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Rainbow Smoothie Bowls
Hi! I'm Julie
Mom of 3, with a love of real food, drinking tea, exploring new places and hanging out at home. Click to read more...