We experimented with cantaloupe this morning, but I think our strategy would've worked much better with a (squishier) watermelon.
Mr. Tiny Chef really struggled to get his butter knife through that big cantaloupe and he wasn't in the mood to scoop out all of those seeds (both of these challenges would disappear if we used a watermelon instead).
However, I'm really proud of him for persevering in cutting and pulling the cantaloupe in half all by himself - he tried many different strategies to get it done!
In the end, I scooped most of the seeds and cut the halves into segments (after letting him try first), and he was much happier slicing the segments into bite-sized pieces.
A simple kiwi snack!
Scrub a soft kiwi and then cut it in half. Set the halves out with a small spoon for scooping.
The skin is edible so don’t worry if they eat it on accident (or on purpose!).
The Tiny Chef in our house loves pomegranates! For breakfast this morning, I scored the pomegranate and pulled it apart to make a 6-petaled flower shape. Then, I set Tiny Chef up on a towel with a bowl full of water, and he spent half an hour separating seeds from pith and eating them. We still ended up with a half a cup of seeds after he ate his fill for breakfast.
For more detailed instructions on how to tackle a whole pomegranate, see Mama Natural's Youtube video: https://youtu.be/5BExPRwPdAs
Dr. Kendall Becherer is an author, teacher, photographer, and learning scientist, who loves helping families naturally integrate kids in their everyday activities (such as preparing food).