I love to involve Simon in the kitchen as much as possible, and popsicle-making is one of the easiest ways to get toddlers hands-on with food preparation. We had a recent hot, humid, summer day, and I wanted to make a healthy, unprocessed snack, so I grabbed the popsicle molds and set the project up.
I put out a cutting board and a butter knife (not sharp at all), and had Simon cut up some soft, unsweetened peaches from a jar I had in the fridge. Once he chopped them into pieces, he then dropped the chunks into the popsicle molds. I did not interfere, but sat back and allowed him the freedom to make decisions about how many peach pieces to drop into each section. After he was satisfied, I poured orange juice into the molds, and let Simon place the toppers on. He took them back out and rearranged them three times before he was done. Finally, into the freezer they went, and Simon went down for his afternoon nap.
Later, after supper, we told Daddy we had made a special dessert, and enjoyed the cool healthy treats together as a family.
If you make popsicles at home, there are many variations you can try with whatever you have on hand. You can make yogurt pops, milk pops, juice pops, or even make them with herbal tea. Try tossing in fruit chunks like we did, berries, or even pieces of chocolate. I have even seen recipes that use pureed veggies, or vegetable juices, hidden among the fruit, which is perfect for pickier eaters who could use more veg in their diet. You don’t even need a fancy-schmancy popsicle maker, just a simple, inexpensive mold. I really like this one. Or you can even use an ice cube tray and make mini pops.
We will definitely be making many more variations in the future!
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