The Warbler Class’ Favorite Smoothie Making Recipe

Description:

Making smoothies is an exciting way to work with your toddler to create something that is nutrient packed and delicious!  

Goal:

Developmentally this activity can help your child practice their eye-hand coordination, fine motor skills, large motor skills, independence, and concentration.

Materials: 

  • An area to work at that is safely accessible to the child
  • a cutting board
  • a child safe knife (like a spreader knife)
  • a 1C measuring cup and 1 Tablespoon
  • a water source
  • a large bowl
  • a blender
  • enough cups for everyone who wants some smoothie
  • towels to clean up spills


Ingredients for the Strawberry banana chia smoothie the Warblers’ love so much: 

  • 2 frozen (peeled) bananas
  • a cup of coconut milk
  • 1 Tablespoon Chia seeds
  • 1 cup fresh strawberries
  • 1-4 pitted dates (the more the sweeter)
  • (optional, granola to add as a garnish).

Steps:

  •  If you have aprons to wear to do this activity, put those on. Begin by washing the work area and having everyone who plans to help wash their hands. Then, gather the ingredients and materials.
  • Invite your child to help with preparing all the ingredients. In the classroom, the Tots have really enjoyed washing their fruit in the sink. At home, if sink access is not realistic, you can set them up with a bowl of fresh water. 
  • Model how to cut all the fruit needed for the smoothie. If you have a dull child sized knife, invite them to partake in the chopping of bananas and strawberries. If this isn’t an option, put your child in charge of tossing ingredients into the blender. 
  • Measure out the remaining ingredients and have your child help place them in the blender. You’ll need a cup of milk, a tablespoon of chia seeds to also be added to the blender. Invite your child to add the dates to the blender (if they have pits, you and your child can pull the dates open and remove the pit with your fingers)
  • When ready, invite your child to push the start and stop buttons until it is the desired consistency. 
  • Pour the smoothie into cups. Add the granola if desired. Invite your child to pass the smoothie cups out to everyone who would like some using both hands to carry each cup, one at a time. Enjoy the smoothie you made together!

 

Comments:

By inviting your child to push the buttons of the blender, you give them the control of the loud sound. I find that in the class, by doing this, and by saying “Lets see what the sound will be like when we turn this on! Here is the ON button and here is the OFF button to make it stop. I’m ready when you are!”, we alleviate the resistance to the blender that some children experience. 

Add challenges:

Children enjoy being  challenged to use maximum effort. Invite your child to carry the bowl of water that they washed the fruit in, to the sink. If/when water spills, have the towels available to dry it up. Try seeing if your child can pour the smoothie from the blender using both hands, or provide them with a large spoon to scoop it into the cups.