Kids need healthy food, like fruit, for energy.
It is exciting when your children graduate to solid foods, but eating brings new hazards, as well as new joys. Food served to young children should be small enough for them to pick up and place in their mouths. Some types of fruits present choking hazards if not cut correctly. Learn to prepare fruit for young children and watch them enjoy eating.
1Prepare fruits on a clean cutting board, away from little children's fingers.
2Cut fruits such as grapes, cherries and berries into quarters for toddlers, using a sharp knife. Slice them in half for preschool age children. Remove any pits and seeds; cherries have pits and some varieties of grapes and berries may have seeds.
3Peel fruits with skin, such as apples and bananas, before serving to small children. Cut all fruits to no bigger than 1/2 inch in length for preschool age children and 1/4 inch in length for toddlers.
4Cut melons into small, square pieces. Avoid serving melon balls to small children; the shape is a choking hazard. If you have melon balls and wish to serve them to young children, cut them in quarters first.
5Involve children in the preparing of fresh fruits when appropriate. Have children help cut soft fruits, such as bananas, with a plastic knife or with a spoon. Keep your sharp knife out of reach when allowing a child to help.
- Eat fruit with children so they learn to love fruit from your example.
- Large pieces of canned fruit are soft, but they must still be cut down to size.
Things You'll Need
- Cutting board
- Sharp knife
- Plastic knife or spoon.