Banana Berry Smoothie

18 Feb

If you’re after a quick and easy cooking experience to do with your kids then this is for you.

There is no cooking involved and minimal mess…

My little man Thomas loves having his ” ‘nana” each afternoon for afternoon tea. In recent weeks he has also started helping me make it.

He has learnt many new words from this experience such as pour, cut, milk, yoghurt, straw and others.

What you’ll need:

  • 1 banana
  • 4 strawberries
  • 2 cups milk
  • 4 tablespoons vanilla yoghurt (or one small tub)
  • 1 teaspoon honey

Put all the ingredients into a blender or container for a stab mixer and blend. (Makes 2 serves)

Pour into cups and enjoy!

Things to do with this experience:

  • get your child to cut the banana into small piece using a butter knife – this helps fine motor skills and independence
  • count the pieces of fruit as you put them in – early maths skills
  • help your child measure out the ingredients, talking about the measurements (eg 2 cups of milk) – early maths skills
  • label the ingredients as you use them eg “milk”, “honey” – language development
  • allow your child to taste the ingredients separately so they learn what each one tastes like individually. Thomas loves to have a few spoonfuls of yoghurt after we put some in the blender. – developing a knowledge of different foods and basic nutrition.
  • make up and sings songs about the ingredients you are using and what you are doing – language development

This experience is not only fun for kids but also very nutritious for everyone. You can use any fruit you like (although things like apples and oranges probably won’t work all that well!). The other day we substituted strawberries for raspberries and added some passionfruit. That went down a treat!

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4 Responses to “Banana Berry Smoothie”

  1. amanda E-J February 18, 2011 at 8:26 am #

    Great Blog Peta…BTW I miss working with you, you have great energy!

  2. Terje February 18, 2011 at 9:59 am #

    Perhaps this is something for us Grandparents, as well? Nice to know what kids these days like. Good luck!

    • cookwithkids February 18, 2011 at 10:09 am #

      I’m sure it will be great for grandparents also… I look forward to hearing of your cooking adventures with your grandchildren Terje! 🙂

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