Here’s a fun ‘rainy day’ healthy snack idea that little kids can help make (Bee was a 2.5 year old toddler here), using blueberries for storm clouds, cheese for rain and a multigrain wrap for the umbrella.
You can sing along to some wet weather nursery rhymes while you munch. Here are a few of our favourites:
It’s raining, it’s pouring, the old man is snoring
He went to bed with a bump on his head
And couldn’t wake up in the morning.
I hear thunder. I hear thunder.
Hark, don’t you? Hark, don’t you?
Pitter patter rain drops. Pitter patter rain drops.
I’m wet through. So are you.
Drip, drop, drip, drop, rain is falling down
Drip, drop, drip, drop, splashing all around
Let’s put on our gumboots, our raincoats and our hat
And jump in all the puddles with a splish, splash, splat.
To make our rainy day healthy snack
- multigrain wrap
- slice of soft cheese (we used a DAIRYLEA cheese pop*)
- large round cookie cutter (ours look similar to these*)
- sharp knife, chopping board, (blue) plate
The first step is to make an umbrella shape from a multigrain wrap using a circular cookie cutter and a sharp knife. I did this bit – it’s a bit tricky for little fingers. Bee placed the umbrella in the middle of the plate (and ate the wrap left overs!)
Next, Bee and I cut little circles into a cheese pop (or you could use a soft cheese slice). If you bend the cheese pop afterwards slightly, it raises the little cheese circles slightly, making them easier to pick up. Bee helped to place them all over the plate, except for underneath the umbrella. (And we had a discussion about why there wouldn’t be rain underneath the umbrella – it’s something that she hadn’t really thought about before).
I noticed that picking up tiny, soft cheese circles was great for her fine motor, pincer grip practice. It’s a little bit sensory too. She needed to work out how hard to squeeze – too much and the cheese rain drop squished, too little and it will fall from her fingers. (I think sensory folks call this sense proprioception…)
The last step was to add blueberry storm clouds. I suggested that she make separate cloud shapes, but she preferred to line them up, playing “One for you, one for me” as she went.
If you are after more nursery rhyme healthy snacks ideas, you might also like:
Or have a look at all the nursery rhyme and healthy snack ideas I’ve been pinning here.
* This post itself is not sponsored, however disclosing that this recipe was first published in partnership with DAIRYLEA, as one of the ideas for their MUMMYHACKS campaign.
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