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Colorful cooking with kids

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Spring is here with nature's colors appearing, and summer is coming with more bright colors. Cooking with kids is a good time to introduce colorful fruits and vegetables in preparing healthy snacks and meals. Books for children that feature colorful fruits and vegetables are a great way to call attention to all of the ingredients that can add color to a recipe.

Culinary Kids Academy in Sarasota is offering a summer camp for ages 3-6 that will feature favorite books with colorful ingredients for preparing recipes. Registration is now open for this camp that will be held June 25-27 from 3:00 p.m. until 5:00 p.m. Colorful fruits and vegetables will be the centerpiece of preparing health snacks along with a favorite book about fruits and vegetables. you may register by calling 941-600-1464, or by email at culinarykids@gmail.com Their StoryBook Cooks camp will fill up fast, and class size is limited. The Culinary Kids Academy is located at 1734 Bamboo Lane in Sarasota.

Here are some favorite books to put some color into your recipes that are kid-friendly and easy for kids to prepare. Check out these suggestions in the List for cooking with color.

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Fruit race cars
Fruit race cars personal photo

Fruit race cars

"Go, Dog, Go" is a fun favorite for reading and creating the fruit race car.  

Ingredients:  Sliced bananas -half for each car and slices for wheels  Wheels are attached with toothpicks

Sliced strawberries in circles for wheels

Whole Strawberries for passengers in cars.

Caterpillar fruit salad
Caterpillar fruit salad Google images

Caterpillar fruit salad

"The Very Hungry Caterpillar: by Eric Carle invites children to create a colorful fruit salad with the fruits that the caterpillar eats through the week.

Ingredients:  

1-2 cups sliced strawberries

1-2 cups sliced fresh yellow pears

1-2 cups sliced apples

1-2 cups sliced purple plums

1-2 cups sliced cherries

Purple for spring
Purple for spring personal photo

Purple for spring

"Harold and the Purple Crayon" is a great choice to put some purple in your cooking.  

Purple Cow Smoothies

Ingredients:

2 cups vanilla ice cream

8 tbs. frozen grape juice concentrate

1 cup milk

1 cup ice

Blend and enjoy! 

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