Food Fun for Young Kids

Our goal is to help parents and caregivers prepare healthy meals and snacks by sharing recipes, tips and ideas that are geared for children ages 2 to 5. This will help children eat more fruits and vegetables, whole grains, and low-fat dairy foods along with reducing the mealtime stress of feeding young children.
 2016 Newslettters | 2015 Newsletters 
2014 Newsletters   |  2013 Newsletters  |  2012 Newsletters

2016 Newsletters (PDF)
Recipe

Increasing Sensory Awareness Through Food

Creamy, Crunchy, Crispy Fruit Cup

Creamy, Crunchy, Crispy Fruit Cup

Grow a Healthy Child by Growing Vegetables

Rhubarb Custard Pie

Celebrate Spring - National Picnic Day

Crunchy Hawaiian Lettuce Wraps

Picnic Chicken Wrap

Sweet Ideas without Added Sugar

A Smoothie for Your Sweetheart

Smoothie
2015 Newsletters (PDF)
Recipe
Food Safety for Young Children Holiday Bagel Bites Holiday Bagel Bites
Tie Dye Fruit Leather Tie Dye Fruit Leather Fruit Leather
Pumpkin Fun Mini Pumpkin Spice Oatmeal Muffins 
Perfectly Pumpkin Whole Grain Pancakes
pumpkin muffin
Make Lunches Munchable Ideas for Quick Lunches healthy lunch
Serving Up Salsa Fresh Salsa Tomaotes
Fun Camping Foods for Kids Foil Packet Potatoes Foil Potatoes
Think Spring-Think Healthy Food-Think Gardening Bugs on a Log Bugs on a Log
Spring Contrasts Contrast Snack Mix Contrast Snack Mix
Enjoy More Dry Beans Easy Black Bean and Cheese Quesadillas Easy Black Bean Quesadillas
2014 Newsletters (PDF)
Recipe
Be a Healthy Role Model Yummy Roasted Broccoli and Red Peppers Broccoli and Red Peppers
Chilly Banana Pops Chilly-Banana-Pops
Home Run Snack Ideas Sassy Preztel Dip Sassy-Pretzel-Dip
Offer a Variety of Foods Strawberry Chocolate Bites Strawberry-Pretzel-Bites
Bring on the Bananas Frosty Chocolate Dipped Bananas
Yummy Choco-Banana "Ice Cream"
Healthy and Fun Holiday Treats Holiday Cereal Treats Holiday-cereal-treats
2013 Newsletters (PDF)
Recipe
Top 10 Reasons to Stock-up on Frozen Fruit Quick Berry Oatmeal Quick-Berry-oatmeal
Keeping on Track Fruity Smart Tarts Fruity Smart Tarts
Reduce Screen Time and Get Active! Super Duper Easy Hummus Super-Duper-Easy-Hummus
Make Mealtime Family Time Super Strawberry Oatmeal Muffins Strawberry-Oatmeal-Muffins
Milk Matters Peach Cooler and Raspberry Lemonade Ice Pops Peach-Cooler
2012 Newsletters (PDF)
Recipe
Making Vegetables More Appealing Vegetable Snowman
Family Fitness is Priceless Cucumber Bites
Helping in the Kitchen Lemon Velvet Supreme
It's Berry Time Berry Snacks
Help Them Try New Foods Bunny Face
Kids Love to Dip! Animals in the Swamp
Go Green with Fruit on St. Patrick's Day Fruit Salad, Fruit Parfait, Fruit Kabobs with Dip
Cowboy Cookies
Baking with Kids Whole Wheat Cinnamon Raisen Biscuits
Fun Snacks for Valentine's Day Valentine's Day Snack Mix

Questions or comments?  Email Cami Wells, (cami.wells@unl.edu) MS, RD, Extension Educator

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Table Talkers - ideas for fun conversations at the dinner table with your young children

Feeding without the Fuss - Slideshow and PowerPoint

MyPlate and Feeding Preschoolers:  Help your preschooler eat well, be active, and be healthy. This section of the MyPlate website is for parents and caregivers of children 2 through 5 years of age (Source USDA.)

Kids a Cookin:  Step-by-step videos and information for preparing nutritious, delicious, but most of all, fun recipes.  These recipes are not only simple to prepare and affordable, but are an excellent way to share the joys of cooking with your kids (Source: K-State Research and Extension's Family Nutrition Program).

Choking Hazards: Children and infants do not grind or chew their food well and may attempt to swallow food whole. Large pieces of food easily can lodge in the throat and result in choking. For infants to age 1, cut up foods into small pieces no larger than 1/4 inch. Toddlers and preschoolers generally can eat foods cut in pieces no larger than 1/2 inch (Source: North Dakota Extension).