Fruit Sticks are one of my very favorite ways to help the kids find fruit more fun—especially when they’re reluctant to try new things…or even fruits they liked last week! This is an activity and snack the kids can help make too!
Ah, fruit sticks. My not-so-secret way to serve up all of the fruit that my kids have been ignoring in the fridge! Seriously, this instantly makes fruit more fun, uses up lingering fruit, and simply makes snack time more engaging. You can do it with fruit the kids love, with fruit they are learning to like, and you can make it for or with the kids.
TIP: These are also called “fruit kabobs” or “fruit wands”—it’s all the same thing so pick the name you like best!
Ingredients in Fruit Sticks
To make this fun snack, you’ll need:
- Cut up fruit like melon, strawberries, pineapple, kiwi, pear, grapes, and/or blueberry
- Paper lollipop sticks
TIP: Look for paper lollipop sticks near the cupcakes supplies of your crafts or big box store. They are not pointy like skewers, so they are the best option for kids.
How to Make Fruit Kabobs Step-by-Step
Here’s a look at how to make this snack. Scroll down to the bottom of the post for the full info.
- Prep the fruit.
- Add it to the lollipop sticks.
- Serve, adding a dip if you want!
TIP: I like to set out a plate of cut up fruit and berries and let the kids help assemble their own sticks to make this into a snack time activity.
What age are these good for?
They work for about 20 months and up. Younger kids can eat them, though it may be more challenging to maneuver the sticks.
Can I make these ahead?
You can make them a few hours ahead and store in the fridge in an airtight container, though any longer and the paper sticks may get a little soggy and the fruit can brown. A better plan would be to prep the fruit and store that, then assemble the sticks right before serving.
Tips for Making the Best Fruit Sticks
- These fruit kabobs are a great way to use up lingering fruit.
- Let the kids pick the fruit they want on their sticks or assemble the sticks for them.
- We’ve done rainbows, alternating colors or sticks with just one fruit!
- Serve on their own or with yogurt for dipping.
- I like paper lollipop sticks since they aren’t sharp. Look for them near the cupcake supplies in a crafts or big box store. They come in a few lengths and any work.
- If you have leftover fruit, place into an airtight container and store in the fridge to make more sticks later!
I’d love to hear your feedback on this idea, so please comment below! I’d love to hear what your kids thought of this idea.
You can use any fruit that the kids like in these, though I most often do it with fruit that’s lingering in the fridge…it always helps that fruit suddenly become more fun! You can make as few or as many as you like—adjust the quantity of fruit as needed.
- 2 cups assorted fruit such as banana, kiwi, grapes, blueberries, strawberries, and/or melon
- 6–8 paper lollipop sticks
- yogurt for dipping, optional
- Peel any fruit with a peel that needs to be discarded. Cut into chunks. Half grapes for kids under age 4 as needed.
- Place onto paper lollipop sticks in any order you or the kids like.
- Serve with yogurt (plain with a little jam or honey or flavored) for dipping if desired.
This is a great way to use up lingering fruit.
Let the kids pick the fruit they want on their sticks or assemble the sticks for them. We’ve done rainbows, alternating colors or sticks with just one fruit!
I like paper lollipop sticks since they aren’t sharp. Look for them near the cupcake supplies in a crafts or big box store. They come in a few lengths and any work.
If you have leftover fruit, place into an airtight container and store in the fridge to make more sticks later!