Valentine’s Fruit Arrows – Cooking with Kids Recipe

Cupid's Fruity Arrow - by Little Spoons and Spice

Valentine’s day has always been associated with candy and chocolates, but this year we’re making it about fruit skewers.  What kiddo doesn’t love strawberries and melons?!  If they don’t like honeydew, or one of the other fruits in this recipe, just swap it out with one that they do like.  Our kids were super excited to help because there is a task for any age.  They were even more excited when it was time to pick one for their plate…and dig right in. 🙂

OK, let’s get started.  Here’s a list of supplies you’ll need:

Cupid's Fruity Arrows - by Little Spoons and Spice

AGE APPROPROPIATE COOKING TASKS

Every child’s ability varies depending on maturity or cognitive and physical ability.  Parents need to use their own discretion when assigning tasks.  These are general guidelines for the Valentine’s Fruit Arrows.

Younger than 3 years old

  • Name ingredients with child
  • Help wash produce

3 – 5 years old

  • All of the younger tasks
  • Help push heart shaped cutter into watermelon
  • Remove greens from strawberry tops with a kid-safe knife
  • Scoop honeydew melon seeds out

6 – 7 years old

  • All of the younger tasks
  • Help place fruit on skewers

8 – 9 years old

  • All of the younger tasks

10 – 12 years old

  • All of the younger tasks
  • Cut honeydew and watermelon

Cupid's Fruity Arrows - by Little Spoons and Spice

FRIENDLY REMINDERS:

  • Wash everyone’s hands!
  • Clean all work surfaces before starting.
  • It is okay for your kitchen to get a little messy.
  • Keep in mind that your child is learning, so patience is key!

Valentine's Fruit Arrows

Course: Appetizer, Side Dish, Snack
Keyword: fruit, fruit kabobs, holiday recipe, honeydew, strawberries, valentine's recipe, watermelon
Author: Stacey Weichelt, RDN, CD

Ingredients

  • Strawberries
  • Watermelon
  • Honeydew Melon

Instructions

  • Wash all fruit thoroughly.
  • Remove greens from strawberry tops.
  • Remove watermelon rind from melon. Slice into 1 inch thick slices. Lay melon flat and
    use heart shaped cutter to cut out as many heart shaped melons as you can.
  • Cut honeydew melon in half and remove seeds from center. Slice each melon half into wedges then remove rind. Slice into squares.
  • Assemble arrow. Slide honeydew square on skewer first, followed by the heart upside down and finally adding the heart on top.

Notes

Valentine fruit arrows arranged on a white plate.

Comments

  1. So cute. My daughter would love this in her lunchbox!!

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