These Frozen Fruit Ice Cubes are perfect for when your kids aren’t entirely sold on water. Or maybe your kids think they’re drinking enough already, but with the record high temperatures this summer, you’re concerned that they’re at risk of over heating (or even heat stroke).
Fruit Ice Cubes or popsicles are easy to make by freezing fresh fruit in water. They provide a delicious, healthy alternative for cooling off when compared to those sugar loaded pre-packaged popsicles and snow cones. Plus, sucking on ice pops is an easy way to help your child regulate their body temperature.
Making these fruit ice cubes is a really fun activity to do with the kids! Simply make sure you keep the knife out of reach and monitor their movements in the kitchen.
• Fruit of your choice: We used blueberries, strawberries, apples, oranges, mandarins, and kiwi fruit. You could also use melons, pineapple, cherries and any other fruit that freezes well.
• A jug of water
• Ice trays or popsicle molds
• Chopping board
• Freezer space
Cool Tip: boiled water makes clear ice cubes whereas tap water freezes cloudy!
TO MAKE THEM:
1. Wash your hands and pull up a stool for the kids near your prep area.
2. Slice your fruit into pieces small enough to fit the trays, keeping the knife away from the young ones.
3. Layer the fruit into your ice tray. You can get creative here with flavor combinations if you like. This is a great stage for involving the kids!
4. Fill the trays with water, being careful not to overfill.
5. Carefully carry to the freezer and leave to set overnight on a flat surface.
Enjoy these fresh fruit ice cubes as a cool alternative on those out of control summer days. We suggest you pop in a CD to dance and sing along to, Disney’s Frozen Soundtrack of course, to stay cool indoors between 11 and 3.
For a fun twist, you can add in a splash of fruit nectar or juice to sweeten your Fruit Ice Cubes up a bit. And if you’re fond of milk, you can always make creamy ice-cubes with plain or flavored milk and bananas.
Are you a Frozen fan? What do you prefer, water and fresh fruit ice cubes or chocolate milk and banana? We can’t decide – we just love both!
**Note: may not be suitable to children under 3 years of age as large chunks of fruit may present a choking hazard.**
Hope Skinner is a professional nanny based in Sydney, Australia. Founder of Nanny Shecando, Hope works to support and promote professional nannies and sitters in the in-home childcare services industry. We encourage you to check out her blog as well!