Pancake & Fruit Kebab


Emily used to adore fruit, and then her eczema broke out all around her face after she ate some strawberries. Now she absolutely refuses any type of fruit, and it has taken me and Sam about three months just to get her to start eating apples again. She will eat a fruit pouch or smoothie, so I know its not the taste that puts her off. I think it is just because she associates fruit with the bad eczema flare up. I have been trying to come up with fun ways to get Emily to eat fruit, such as ice cream sundaes (see the post here), and this week we tried Fruit pancake stacks. 


I made some american style pancakes for lunch (recipe here), and then used a little circle cutter to cut out lots of mini circles. I added these into a bowl of chopped fruit, you can use any fruit, I went for grapes, strawberries, and banana. These were just things I had in and things Emily used to adore. I then added a little pot of chocolate sauce in the middle for her to use as a dip and some skewers.


My main goal for this activity was to get Emily to put the fruit near or in her mouth, and get used to the texture again. I wasn't too fussed if she didn't actually eat it, because I didn't want to put a huge amount of pressure on her. I know from previous attempts that the more I try to get her to eat it the more it backfires as I have a stubborn toddler, who doesn't like to be told what to do. I was pleasantly surprised by how much she enjoyed the activity, at first she just wanted to put everything on a stick and wasn't interested in actually eating the fruit. As soon as I ate a few grapes, she wanted to copy me. Turns out she does like green grapes but not red ones, which surprised me a little as it used to be the other way around.


The activity itself is so easy to do, Emily managed to push the fruit and pancake bites onto the skewer with no assistance. Be mindful to keep watch though, as the skewers can be sharp, also if you push to hard they can snap and cause splinters which is never any fun! Fruit kebabs are the perfect idea to get your children involved in the kitchen, they are simply assembiling everything together which keeps mess to the minimum. The activity is also great for building fine motor skills, and encouraging a sense of order.

Areas of learning
As a nursery practitioner I was required to track the development of the children in my care. Using the 7 areas of learning and development as set out by the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS). Using the Early Years objectives as a guide I was able to observe the following during play.
Communication and language- Uses language as a powerful means of widening contacts, sharing feelings, experiences and thoughts.
physical development
- Beginning to use three fingers (tripod grip) to hold writing tools.
Personal, social and emotional development
- Expresses own preferences and interests.
- Enjoys responsibility of carrying out small tasks.
- Seeks out others to share experiences.
Mathmatics
- Begins to make comparisons between quantities.
- Notices simple shapes and patterns in pictures.
Expressive arts and designs
- Realises tools can be used for a purpose.

The Early Years Outcomes document is a non statutory guide to support practitioners. It can be used by childminders, nurseries and others such as ofsted, throught the Early Years as a guide for making best fit judgement about whether a child is showing typical behaviour for their age, may be at risk of delay or ahead for their age.

11 comments

  1. Delcious I need to do these with my son I've not had fruit kebabs in ages.

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  2. They look really fun, and what a great way to tempt her back to fruit.

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  3. What gorgeous fruity kebabs and Emily is adorable:-)

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  4. That looks great! We served fruit kebabs once during my daughter's 3rd birthday party and everyone loved it.

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  5. What a fantastic idea!
    My son will only eat fruit yo-yos!
    Currently eating his bodyweight in them haha!

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  6. Oooh nom, it really is the best of both worlds, I like the sound of a pancake and fruit kebab!

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  7. Oooo these look delicious, am sure i can get more fruit down mine with this

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  8. This is a great idea and something I now want for breakfast x

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  9. This is a great idea. I'll actually have to try this with Lu as she's starting to fall into bad habits of eating the nice things and leaving the healthy bits!

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  10. Looks absolutely delicious! Perfect for summer.

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  11. These are a lovely idea to jazz up eating fruit. My nephew would love doing this, especially if there is a dip involved.

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