A quick and fun snack for toddlers and preschoolers uses just 3 ingredients: cucumbers, cream cheese, and carrots.
We picked out a couple cucumbers. We had some in the garden this time of year. It’s so fun for children to go to a garden area to pick their own vegetables! We talked about the sizes of the cucumbers. We observed which ones were ready to pick and which ones needed more time to grow. We noticed the colors of the cucumbers.
After washing the cucumber, I like to peel part of the cucumber. It leaves a nice stripe. We talk about the outside color of the cucumber and what color it is when part of it is peeled. “Stripe” may be a new vocabulary word for children.
We scooped out a bit of the center – just enough so a little cream cheese can be fit inside. The children apply the cream cheese themselves. Then the children picked out carrots to put on top of their cucumber boats. This is a big boat like a ship. We count the carrots, talk about colors and shapes, and compare the “ships”.
We cut the big ship so there are many little boats. The cucumber boats get eaten either way. The children compare the little boats’ size and shapes.
Some benefits of introducing children to yummy cucumbers include:
- They are a great source of B vitamins.
- They are mostly water which helps keep children hydrated.
- The skin is a good source of vitamin C.
- The dietary fiber in cucumbers are great to help rid the body of toxins.
- Cucumbers contain a lot of potassium, magnesium and fiber.