This post was contributed by Stephanie of Spaceships and Laser Beams.
A Kids in the Kitchen Recipe Perfect for Summer Picnics!
Did you ever have a watermelon seed-spittin’ contest when you were a kid? My cousin and I used to take great delight in spitting and dribbling the seeds. The entire process of loading all of that watermelon sweetness in the mouth—spitting and giggling at the same time—made the summer watermelon season especially fun! That cousin and I got into a lot of innocent mischief way back when. We used to fish together. We sold our grandpa’s strawberries one year and thought we’d become rich. We explored the attic in our grandparents’ very old house and nearly fell through the ceiling joists. We got stuck in the top of an apple tree from climbing too high one summer afternoon. That same cousin gave me my first black eye. Accidentally.
Although no cousins were around, Sam and I had some fun in the kitchen this weekend. We made watermelon pops. They’re super easy to make and eating them this way is easier and a lot less messy for kids AND parents. You don’t have to decide if you’ll bother to cube it before putting it in a bowl or just attack it with a knife, carefully avoiding your tonsils either.
Kids in the Kitchen – Watermelon Pops
- watermelon; I chose the seedless variety for this
- shaped cookie cutter; ours is flower shaped, almost 1” deep
- lollipop sticks
I cut a few slices of melon about an inch thick. I let Sam use the cookie cutter to make the shape. You know how easy watermelon cuts so it is no problem for the kids to help. Insert the lollipop stick into the fruit, between the “petals.” Because the petals can be chomped right down, no messy fingers or chins!
Wouldn’t these look cute on a kids’ party table or at a Summer picnic? They could be arranged on a plate in a circle or stick them in a decorated styrofoam block for display. If you wanted to go a step further you could wrap washi tape around the lollipop stick before inserting them in the watermelon too.
Or you could forget the entire neatness thing and go find yourself a big ole piece of watermelon…and a cousin.
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What fun have you been having with your kids in the kitchen? Share your recipes in the comments below!