Fall is fast approaching! To prepare you and the toddlers in your classroom, we have some fun, healthy foods you can get little hands involved in making while they learn about nutrition! Here are fall fruits, recipes, and activities you can share with kids that they are sure to love:

Apples!

Apples are always a fall favorite that provide a variety of recipes to choose from to supplement snack time with a healthy twist. Toddlers are sure to get more excited about apple sauce when they find out they’re making it instead of slurping it from plastic containers! Here’s the recipe for bringing a little creativity to your snack time:

Homemade Applesauce

Ingredients

  • 4 apples
  • ½ cup corn syrup
  • ¼ cup lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • ¼ teaspoon salt

Tools

  • Apple corer
  • Apple stickers (optional)
  • Blender
  • Mason jar
  • Newspaper
  • Plastic knife
  • Vegetable peeler

What to Do

  1. Help children spread newspaper over the worktable.
  2. Give children a jar to hold the applesauce when it’s ready. Toddlers can decorate the jar with apple stickers.
  3. Allow children to help you peel, core, and slice the apples into pieces. This is a challenging task—talk about the right way to use a peeler, show children how to push the apple corer through the apple safely, and be sure to do the bulk of the slicing yourself. Children can use a plastic knife to further chop what you’ve sliced.
  4. Combine the chopped apples, corn syrup, lemon juice, sugar, and salt into a blender.
  5. Help your child blend the ingredients together until smooth.
  6. Transfer the applesauce to the Mason jar and refrigerate.
  7. Enjoy the homemade applesauce for snack time or let students take it home to parents as a gift.

-Like the recipe? Find more like it in The Budding Chef. 

Take your snack time to the next level and transition into circle time with toddlers by reading Apples by Gail Gibbons. It’s a great book to explore the history of the apple, explaining their growth, harvest, and uses! 

Pumpkins!

 

Pumpkins are simply a must-have as Halloween gets closer! Although there are plenty of yummy desserts, muffins, and baked goods that can be made from pumpkin, it can be hard to keep things nutritious! Here are a few creative remedies:

1. Pumpkin Protein Bites!

High in fiber and protein, children won’t even notice snacks are “healthy” when their sweet tooth is satisfied! Find the recipe for this scrumptious snack here: http://www.rippedrecipes.com/recipe/no-bake-pumpkin-pie-protein-bites-2477.html

2. Mandarin Orange Pumpkins 

Well, they are not exactly pumpkins, but they do provide a great visual representation for toddlers and result in a healthy snack everyone will love! A great hit for Halloween parties and classroom celebrations. 

Ingredients

  • Peeled mandarin oranges, left intact
  • 1 celery stick

Instructions

  • Cut a celery stick lengthwise into strips, then cut into 3/5 inch pieces. 
  • Insert one celery piece into the top of each peeled mandarin orange to create a “pumpkin.”

After you are finished with snacks, transition into reading time for some pumpkin fun! Enjoy the read-along book Pumpkin Soup as toddlers follow along with this classic tale. 

-We hope you found inspiration for adding fall festivity to your snack time! If you have any creative recipes, feel free to share them with us @Kaplanco with the hashtag #fallfoods.