How to Make an Edible Fruit Necklace

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edible fruit necklace
Total Time 30 minutes or less Ages 2 to 4

This post was inspired by Jean at Artful Parent because we LOVE playing with our food!

Help your child develop fine motor skills as they thread fruit onto the needle.  

This activity is full of early math skill fun:  

  • sorting the berries
  • picking out the ripe ones
  • counting berries
  • making pile comparisons - “Which pile is bigger?”, “Which pile has the fewest berries?”, etc
  • creating patterns with different fruits

We used blueberries, strawberries, apples and grapes.  You could use pretzels and marshmallows if you wanted a sweet and salty snack mix.

There are also simple gross motor skills involved:

  • babies/toddlers practice pincher grasp
  • preschoolers can likely add the berry "beads" with a little assistance
  • older kids can learn to thread a needle

What you'll need

  • blueberries
  • strawberries
  • apples
  • grapes
  • long needle
  • thread

How to make it

  1. fruit pattern

    For younger children, thread a needle and help them add the fruit to the necklace thread.  For older children, let them do as much as they are able to accomplish safely.

    Obviously, needles are SHARP!

  2. fruit necklace

    When enough fruity goodness is added to your child's newest accessory, tie the ends together.

  3. snack time

    Snack time!

    {Please supervise your child as needed for this.}

     

     

     

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