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.

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2019 Newsletters
TopicRecipe in a Printer-Friendly PDFPhoto
Breakfast Made Easier Mini Quiche Cups Mini Quiche Cups
A Summertime Favorite - Watermelon Simply Summer Fruit Salad Fruit Cup
Farmers' Markets are for Everyone Tropical Fruit Dip Tropical Fruit Dip
The Science Behind Cheese Soft Cheese Soft Cheese
Homemade Granola to Go Crunchy Granola Crunchy Granola
Snacking Healthy Fruit and Yogurt Oatmeal Fruit and Yogurt Oatmeal
Eat More Veggies for St. Patrick's Day and Beyond Clover Power Smoothie Clover Power Smoothie
Canned Food Convenience Easy Black Bean Brownies Black Bean Brownies

2018 Newsletters
TopicRecipe in a Printer-Friendly PDFPhoto
Crazy over Cranberries Cranberry Juice Gelatin Cut-Outs Cranberry Cut-Outs
Fall Potatoes Elaine's Green-Mash Potatoes Green Mashed Potatoes
Try Each Part of the Pumpkin in a New Way
Spaghetti Squash Super Spaghetti Squash Bites Squash Bites
Backyard Campfire Cooking Campfire Apple Pie Packet Apple Pie Packet
Summertime Snacking with Salsa Fresh Salsa Fresh Salsa
A Trip to the Farmer's Market A Trip to the Farmer's Market
Wrap Up a Healthy Spring Cool as a Cucumber Whole Grain Wrap Cucumber Wrap
Spring is Coming and Egg Safety French Toast Bunny Dippers and Rosy Cinnamon Applesauce Dip French Toast Bunny Dippers
Food Safety Tips for Electric Multi-Cookers Super Quick Brown Rice Pilaf Super Quick Brown Rice Pilaf
Peanut Butter Power Up Power Peanut Butter Dip Peanut

2017 Newsletters
Topic Recipe in a Printer-Friendly PDF Photo
Family Food Traditions Pfeffernusse (Pepper Nuts) Pepper Nuts
Exploring Root Vegetables Roasted Root Vegetables Roasted Root Vegetables
"Sandwich in" a September Picnic! Silly Sandwiches Silly Sandwiches
Fruit and Veggie Fun Cherry Nut Apple Slices Cherry Nut Apple Slices
Edible Eclipse Edible Eclipse Edible Eclipse Snack
Fresh Fruit Salsa Anytime Fresh Fruit Salsa with Cinnamon Crisps Fresh Fruit Salsa
Making Cool 4th of July Memories Ice Cream in a Bag Ice Cream
Valentine's Day Snack Ideas Valentine's Day Snack Mix Valentine's Day Snack Mix

2016 Newsletters
Topic Recipe in a Printer-Friendly PDF Photo
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 Salad in a Bag
Increasing Sensory Awareness Through Food Creamy, Crunchy, Crispy Fruit Cup Waffle Cup
Grow a Healthy Child by Growing Vegetables Rhubarb Custard Pie Rhubarb Pie
Celebrate Spring - National Picnic Day Crunchy Hawaiian Lettuce Wraps Picnic Chicken Wrap
Sweet Ideas without Added Sugar A Smoothie for Your Sweetheart Smoothie For Your Sweetheart

2015 Newsletters
TopicRecipe in a Printer-Friendly PDF Photo
Food Safety for Young Children Holiday Bagel Bites Holiday Bagel Bites
Tie Dye Fruit Leather Tie Dye Fruit Leather Tie Dye Fruit Leather
Mini Pumpkin Spice Oatmeal Muffins

Mini Pumpkin Spice Oatmeal Muffins

Perfectly Pumpkin Whole Grain Pancakes

Pumpkin Muffin
Make Lunches Munchable Ideas for Quick Lunches Sandwich
Serving Up Salsa Fresh Salsa Tomatoes
Fun Camping Foods for Kids Foil Packet Potatoes Foil-packet Potatoes
Think Spring-Think Healthy Food-Think Gardening Bugs on a Log Bugs on a Log
Spring Contrasts Contrast Snack Mix Snack Mix
Enjoy More Dry Beans Easy Black Bean and Cheese Quesadillas Easy Cheese and Black Bean Quesadillas

2014 Newsletters
TopicRecipe Photo
Be a Healthy Role Model Yummy Roasted Broccoli and Red Peppers Roasted Broccoli and Red Peppers
Bananas 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 Wrap
Healthy and Fun Holiday Treats Holiday Cereal Treats Holiday Cereal Treats

2013 Newsletters
TopicRecipe Photo
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 Muffins
Milk Matters Peach Cooler and Raspberry Lemonade Ice Pops Peach Cooler

2012 Newsletters
TopicRecipe Photo
Making Vegetables more Appealing Vegetable Snowman Vegetable Snowman
Family Fitness is Priceless Cucumber Bites Cucumber Bites
Helping in the Kitchen Lemon Velvet Supreme Lemon Velvet Supreme
It's Berry Time Berry Snacks Berry Snacks
Help Them Try New Foods Bunny Face Bunny Face
Kids Love to Dip! Animals in the Swamp Animals in the Swamp
Go Green with Fruit on St. Patrick's Day Fruit Salad, Fruit Parfait, Fruit Kabobs with Dip Fruit Kabobs with Dip
Helping in the Kitchen Cowboy Cookies Cowboy Cookies
Hearty Whole Grains Whole-Wheat Cinnamon Raisin Biscuits Cinnamon Raisin Biscuits
Fun Snacks for Valentine's Day Valentine's Day Snack Mix Valentine's Day Snack Mix

Questions or comments?  Email Cami Wells, ( MS, RD, Extension Educator

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Related Topics

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. Toddlers and preschoolers generally can eat foods cut in pieces no larger than 1/2 inch (Source: Practice Choking Prevention from USDA).