Meet the Sullivans: Toddler Snack Idea: Fruit Trains

August 13, 2014

Toddler Snack Idea: Fruit Trains

The afternoons can be very long. We try to get out of the house for some fun or errands in the morning, but there is a large chunk of time for us to fill between nap and dinner time. So, in an effort to mix things up a bit I have been trying to find fun activities, crafts and snacks for O to enjoy at home to help us pass the time and make it a FUN time!

I don't think I know a single child that isn't a huge fan of trains! They're hard not to love, with their classic appeal, loud noises and fast movement. O is a big fan of anything that moves, and trains are high up on his list, so I knew this snack would be the perfect way to get him interested in some fruit for his afternoon snack!


You can obviously see the kinds of fruits I used to construct the train, so I won't bore you with all of ingredients. I will tell you though that I had to get creative with the what I had on hand, that melon makes the best non-slippery base for your train and that the cylindrical shape of the banana is hard to substitute for that front part (hashtag "boy mom fail" -- have no clue what that part of the train is called). I secured all of the parts together with toothpicks and watched O closely as he played with and snacked on the train.


Obviously he was pretty amazed when he saw what I'd put together for him! 


Upon first seeing the creation he exclaimed "WOW, mommy! Look at dat train! I wanna play with it?". I sat him on the counter and he spent a few minutes pushing it back and forth (with a huge smile on his face) before deciding to eat it!

What kind of afternoon snacks do your children enjoy? Share them with us in the comments below!

13 comments:

Christina Shin said...

Adorable! My daughter loves her fruits & veggies, but this would definitely come in handy to entice her if/when she becomes a picky eater!

hello erin said...

I'm dying over this. its cute and insanely creative!!!

Laureen said...

How fun!! Good job momma!! :) I've found if I stick a toothpick in his snack/fruit/etc., he likes to use that to poke and take bites.

Christina @ This Woman Cooks! said...

That is so cute! What a great idea.

Living Out of Wedlock said...

So clever! Feeding a baby can be difficult so this is such a good idea to make them wan t to actually eat their food!

Samantha said...

I can't wait to try this, my boys are going to love it. Thanks for sharing!!

Amanda Klein said...

So clever! You're right, that post-nap until dinner time chunk of the day is by far the looooongest!

the girl in the red shoes said...

Cutest idea ever!

rachel said...

You are such a good mommy! This is so fun!!!

Jess Scott said...

I love this! You have the best ideas ever. :)

Lyndsey said...

This is SO cute! Liam would flip over two of his favorite things - fruit and choo choo's! Great idea, mama!

AllThingsYummy said...

That's just the cutest snack I've ever seen.

Alyssa Triviski said...

Such a great idea!! So fun!