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.
  2017 Newsletters | 2016 Newsletters | 2015 Newsletters  
2014 Newsletters     |   2013 Newsletters   |   2012 Newsletters

2017 Newsletters (PDF)

Exploring Root Vegetables

Roasted Root Vegetables Roasted Root Veggies

"Sandwich in" a September Picnic!

Silly Sandwiches Silly Sandwich

Fruit and Veggie Fun

Cherry Nut Apple Slices Cherry Nut Apples Slice

Edible Eclipse

Edible Eclipse Edible Eclipse

Fresh Fruit Salsa Anytime

Fresh Fruit Salsa with Cinnamon Crips Fresh Fruit Salsa

Making Cool 4th of July Memories

Ice Cream in a Bag

strawberries and ice cream

Valentine's Day Snack Ideas

Valentine's Day Snack Mix

Valentine's Day Snack Mix
2016 Newsletters (PDF)

Holiday Food Preparation with Younger Children

Holiday Fruit Parfait

Holiday Fruit Parfait

Family Fun in the Fall

Apple Filled Squash

Apple Filled Squash

Cooking with Kids

Salad in a Bag

Super Smash Salad

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

2015 Newsletters (PDF)
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 Tomatoes
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)
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 Pretzel Dip Sassy-Pretzel-Dip
Offer a Variety of Foods Strawberry Chocolate Bites Strawberry-Chocolate-Bites
Bring on the Bananas Frosty Chocolate Dipped Bananas
Yummy Choco-Banana "Ice Cream"
Strawberry Banana Cheesecake Wrap
Healthy and Fun Holiday Treats Holiday Cereal Treats Holiday-cereal-treats
2013 Newsletters (PDF)
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)
Making Vegetables More Appealing Vegetable Snowman Vegetable Snowman Snack
Family Fitness is Priceless Cucumber Bites Cucumber Bites Snack
Helping in the Kitchen Lemon Velvet Supreme Lemon Velvet Supreme Snack
It's Berry Time Berry Snacks berries
Help Them Try New Foods Bunny Face Bunny Face Snack
Kids Love to Dip! Animals in the Swamp Animals in the Swamp Dip
Go Green with Fruit on St. Patrick's Day Fruit Salad, Fruit Parfait, Fruit Kabobs with Dip Fruit Kabobs
Cowboy Cookies Cowboy Cookies
Baking with Kids Whole Wheat Cinnamon Raisin Biscuits Cinnamon Raisin Biscuits
Fun Snacks for Valentine's Day Valentine's Day Snack Mix valentine

Questions or comments?  Email Cami Wells, ( 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).