- Chopping boards
- Wooden skewers
- Coloured pens or pencils
- A selection of fruit
- Disinfectant spray
Before you begin
- Use the safety checklist to help you plan and risk assess your activity. Additional help to carry out your risk assessment, including examples can be found here. Don’t forget to make sure all young people and adults involved in the activity know how to take part safely.
- Make sure you’ll have enough adult helpers. You may need some parents and carers to help if you’re short on helpers.
Planning this activity
- Remember to check for allergies, eating problems or dietary requirements and adjust the recipe as needed. Make sure you've checked everyone's dietary requirements and allergies then adapted the recipe as appropriate. This may include ensuring no cross-contamination during food storage, preparation and serving, too. Check if there’re any items of food (or packaging) that people can’t touch or be near to or if there’re items that people might not be comfortable using in the activity.
- Wash your hands and wipe down the surfaces you’ll use with disinfectant spray. Remember to follow good food hygiene and safety practices.
- Wash the fruit. You want a selection of colourful fruits. For example, easy peel citrus fruits, bananas, strawberries, blueberries and grapes.
- Put the washed fruits on the clean tables.
Talk about fruit
- Gather everyone together in a circle.
- Tell everyone that it’s important to eat a variety of fruits and vegetables. A helpful way to think about this is to think about eating the rainbow!
- Explain that different fruits and vegetables have different vitamins that we need to stay strong and healthy, especially while we grow.
- The person leading the activity should explain that fruit skewers are a great way to try fruits, as everyone can use things they already know they like as well as trying new fruits.
Make fruit skewers
- Everyone should wash their hands.
- Get everyone to split into smaller groups, with at least one adult volunteer or young leader per group.
- Everyone should look at all of the fruits and think about what they’d like to put on their skewer to make it colourful and tasty. An adult or young leader with each group should remind everyone of a rainbow’s colours, and help people see which fruits could match each colour.
- Everyone should help to prepare the fruits. Some may need peeling and some will need slicing and chopping into bite-sized chunks. You could demonstrate and teach everyone how to lay the fruit on a chopping board, hold the knife firmly by the handle, and hold the fruit with the other hand in a claw shape.
- With adult supervision, everyone should have a go at slicing with the table knife, keeping their fingers out of the way of the blade. You can toss fruit that goes brown when it’s exposed to air (such as banana) in lemon juice to help it stay fresh while you prepare all the fruit and make the skewers.
- Everyone should put pieces of fruit on their skewer, sliding each piece down to the end (but not forgetting to leave enough skewer to hold on to). People should try to use a variety of fruits – including ones they haven’t tried before. They could cut smaller pieces of fruit if they’re not sure.
- To make a rainbow, for example, people could use a strawberry, orange segment, banana slice, green grape, blueberry and purple grape.
- Everyone should put their skewer on a plate.
Write a healthy postcard
- Now, everyone should wash their hands and help clean the tables and equipment.
- When ready, give everyone a postcard – they could use the postcard template.
- Everyone should draw their fruit skewer on the front of the postcard. They should try to draw all of the fruits they used.
- People could write (or draw) a healthy message for a friend on their postcard. For example, they could remind everyone to ‘eat a rainbow’, or ‘try something new’, or they could remind people that ‘fruit is good for you’.
This activity helped everyone to think about how they can live healthily. As everyone enjoys eating their fruit skewers, ask everyone why fruit is important.
Some people might think about fruit being a great way to get vitamins and fibre, people may also say about it being part of a balanced diet and other may say because it tastes nice.
Everyone should share ideas of ways to add more fruit to the meals they eat already. For example, people could add chopped fruit to breakfast cereal, put a piece of fruit in their packed lunch, or make another fruit skewer at home.
This activity was also a great chance for people to try new things. Anyone who tried a new fruit could share how they felt before they tried it – maybe they were curious, excited, or even a bit nervous.
It can feel uncomfortable to try new things and easier to stick to what we know, but when we try new things we can find new favourites (plus, it’s important to stay healthy).
Did people find it easier to try new things when they were with friends? It sometimes takes us more than one try to get used to new tastes and textures, so it’s OK if people found some things a bit odd.
Everyone should make sure they say well done to anyone who tried something new.
- Sharp objects
Teach young people how to use sharp objects safely. Supervise them appropriately throughout. Store all sharp objects securely, out of the reach of young people.
Remember to check for allergies, eating problems, fasting or dietary requirements and adjust the recipe as needed. Make sure you’ve suitable areas for storing and preparing food and avoid cross contamination of different foods. Take a look at our guidance on food safety and hygiene.
You can help groups peel and chop all different kinds of fruit. Why not try something more unusual?
You could prepare a rainbow platter to share, or to share with others at a special event. You could also try making dips, for example, a honey and yogurt dip.
Remember to check your ingredients against any allergy or dietary requirements to ensure everyone can enjoy the recipe. This may mean using alternative ingredients.
If someone’s struggling with the chopping or peeling section of this activity, they could work with a partner, so they can help each other.
No one has to make an exact rainbow, and no one has to try every or any fruit. If people are only comfortable using certain colours or certain fruits, that’s OK.
All Scout activities should be inclusive and accessible.
Everyone could decide which fruits they’d like to try in advance, and make a shopping list for the person preparing the activity.