This cooking with kids activity, Eat The Rainbow: Celery Snack, is the first post in our Eat The Rainbow series. The goal of this series is to teach kids about eating a variety of vibrant whole foods.
I was first inspired to create a rainbow themed series when reading the Mom Explores Book Club selection, 10 Lucky Leprechauns, by Kathryn Heling. This cute counting book is filled with rhymes and magic. In the book, 10 little leprechauns find each other 1 by 1. By the end, there are 10 leprechauns total and they find that mystical pot of gold at the end of a colorful rainbow. Keep in mind that Leprechauns are not exclusive to St. Patrick’s Day and this book can be read any time of year! After all, we have rainbows year round.
How is eating a rainbow beneficial?
Teaching kids to eat a rainbow means teaching them to eat a variety of healthy foods. According to The World’s Healthiest Foods, teaching kids to eat healthy foods helps to ensure that they will eat a well balanced and healthy diet even into adulthood. Making the idea visual, by creating an actual rainbow of food, is a great introduction to the concept of eating a rainbow. Let’s take a look.
Related Read: Cooking With Kids: Creamy Salsa Dip
Cooking Tools: (affiliate links below)
- cutting board
- knife for slicing
- knife for spreading
- cream cheese
- apple or strawberry
- red grapes (optional)
Wash the the desired amount of celery and slice it into strips that are approximately 3-4 inches long. Then, use a butter knife to fill the celery sticks with cream cheese. Store the celery with cream cheese the refrigerator until you are ready to add your toppings.
Next, slice the fruits into approximately 1/4 inch pieces. You will only use 1 piece of each fruit per celery stick. (Tip: Waste not, want not. Slice the extra fruit into large chunks and mix together with a squeeze of lemon or lime juice to create a delicious fruit salad.)
Next, top the celery stalks with a line of fruit that follows the colors of the rainbow: red, orange, yellow, green, blue, and purple. For green, I used a small piece of celery, but you could easily use a green apple or grape. I didn’t have anything purple, but red grapes would make a great addition to this snack.
Happy cooking! (Find more great activities for 10 Lucky Leprechauns below)
Related Read: Fine Motor Color Sort
Additional Activities for “10 Lucky Leprechauns”:
St. Patricks Day Printable Counting Worksheet, by Kim at Mom Explores Virginia Beach
Luck of The Irish Game, by Gina at Mom Explores Orlando
Rainbow Pancakes, by Ali at Mom Explores Virginia Beach
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