You will need
- Chopping boards
- Wooden skewers
- Coloured pens or pencils
- A selection of fruit
- Disinfectant spray
Before you begin
- Check if anyone has any allergies that you need to avoid.
- Wipe down the surfaces you’ll use with disinfectant spray.
- 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
- The person leading the activity should help everyone understand 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! 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.
- Everyone should split into smaller groups, with at least one older helper.
- 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. The helper should remind everyone of the colours of the rainbow, 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.
- The helper should 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. Everyone should have a go at slicing with the table knife, keeping their fingers out of the way of the blade.
- 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.
- Everyone should put their skewer on a plate.
Write a healthy postcard
- Everyone should wash their hands and help clean the tables and equipment.
- The person leading the activity should give everyone a postcard – they could use the postcard template we’ve made.
- Everyone should draw their fruit skewer on the front of the postcard. They should try to draw all of the fruits they used.
- Everyone 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’.
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This activity helped everyone to think about how they can live healthily. As everyone enjoys eating their fruit skewers, the person leading the reflection should ask why fruit is important. People may think about fruit being a great way to get vitamins and fibre, it being part of a balanced diet, or it tasting 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.
Check for allergies before you begin and read the guidance on food safety. Make sure you have suitable areas for storing and preparing food and avoid cross contamination of different foods.