Homemade Ice lollies are not only a fun activity to do (this summer) with the kids, but also a healthy treat that ensures they are well on their way to their five a day. They are a great activity that all kids of any age can make and enjoy, and because there are so many options and combos, there is sure to be something for everyone’s taste too.
I love how making homemade ice lollies also gives children an opportunity to try varying fruits and flavours, as well as helping them with other skills and creativity.
This week we decided to make our own Ice lollies, and so as to give my kids a little more responsibility and independence, I had them search the web for a recipe. Once chosen, they then came with me to the supermarket to buy the necessary ingredients and together discussed who would do what in the process and worked together to make some very impressive and tasty homemade treats!
Rocket Rainbow Ice lollies
Ethan chose this rocket rainbow ice lolly recipe from the Asda site and they were so refreshing! We also made a few with a well loved smoothie recipe we have. As it contains 3 different fruits, they all took charge of one each – washed, peeled and chopped their fruit, measured it out and then I oversaw them using the hand blender to puree it. They then poured the mix into the lolly mould and once all 3 layers were there, popped in the sticks and into the freezer (we left them overnight).
It was super simple for them to do, but because they were in charge, it gave them a great sense of achievement and joy. The combo of Kiwi, cantaloupe and strawberry was absolutely delicious and would be the ideal treat on a hot day!
Chocolate and Banana Ice lollies
One of my favourite smoothies for brekkie is a glass of Almond milk, 1 large (or 2 small) bananas, a sprinkle of cinnamon, spoonful of cocoa powder and a spoonful of natural peanut butter. I then whizz it up and enjoy! I did this mix too and poured some in the spare lolly moulds for another tasty and healthy lolly… chocolate and banana lollies – YUM!
Homemade Ice lollies were such a fun and yet simple activity that all 3 kids could get involved in. I loved how creative you can get with flavour combos and that it was also educational with them learning about various fruits, measurements and refining their cutting, pouring and team skills.
And, best of all, they were deliciously healthy too and very refreshing!
Home made ice lollies are a great way to get fruit into kids. My two love to make their own. x