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Chill Out: 20 Cool & Fruity Treats You Can Make With Kids

20 cool and healthy summer recipes for kids via Babble.comSummer heat can be tough on kids, especially when the mercury cranks past 100 degrees. So whether you’re keeping cool at home or need to chill out after steamy outdoor activities, it can be great to have a few fruity, fun, and, best of all, chilly kids’ recipes up your sleeve. These fun summer treats are simple enough that you can make them with the kids. And from designing their own popsicles to creating striped, fruit-flavored ice, kids will have a blast (and maybe learn something too!). Since they’re all pretty healthy, you can also feel great about your kids cooling down with one of these nutritious treats.


  • Fruit Flowers 1 of 20
    Fruit Flowers
    Let kids' imaginations run wild with these DIY fruit flowers! And there's no reason to stop with flowers--kids can make all kinds of fruity creations (Angry Birds fruit treats, anyone?).
    Make fruit flowers
    Image: Mackie West
  • Watermelon Aqua Fresca 2 of 20
    Watermelon Aqua Fresca
    Turn your fresh watermelon into a cooling and delicious drink. Lightly sweet and so refreshing, this is a fun and easy treat to make after a day in the sun.
    Make watermelon aqua fresca
    Image: Angie McGowan
  • Rainbow Fruit Skewers 3 of 20
    Rainbow Fruit Skewers
    Simple and fun, fruit skewers are a great way to get kids loving fruit salad. Kids can come up with fruit designs and favorite color combinations.
    Make rainbow fruit skewers
  • Red, White, and Blueberry Popsicles 4 of 20
    Red, White, and Blueberry Popsicles
    These ice pops have patriotic stripes, but you can change things up and use any flag for a little summer education. Have kids design the frozen flags, and pick the fruits or veggies for each color.
    Make red, white, and blueberry popsicles
  • Striped Ice Cubes 5 of 20
    Striped Ice Cubes
    Striped ice cubes are a simple, all-natural treat that kids can make with any juice. They're a great way to turn a simple glass of water into something fun, and fruity too.
    Make striped ice cubes
  • Herb-Infused Lemonade Popsicles 6 of 20
    Herb-Infused Lemonade Popsicles
    The thing about real lemonade is, you have to juice a lot of lemons. Show kids how it's done, and then have them lend a little kid power to the juicing process. They can also have fun experimenting with various herb infusions.
    Make herb-infused lemonade popsicles
  • Strawberry Frosted Pink Lemonade 7 of 20
    Strawberry Frosted Pink Lemonade
    What's better than plain old pink lemonade? Frosted lemonade! This chilly smoothie has lots of lemonade, strawberries, and banana, but also nourishing cashews, hydrating coconut water, and bracing lemon juice. Get the kids to help gather the ingredients, and once they've got the hang of things, let them create their own unique flavor combinations.
    Make strawberry frosted smoothies
    Image: Kathy Patalsky
  • Rainbow Fruit Popsicles 8 of 20
    Rainbow Fruit Popsicles
    These fruit popsicles are the ultimate in summer refreshment. Kids can help by preparing the fruit and designing the layers.
    Make rainbow fruit popsicles
    Image: Macki West
  • Raspberry Coconut Popsicles 9 of 20
    Raspberry Coconut Popsicles
    These simple ice pops are brimming with real raspberries and cooling coconut. Get kids into the act by having them wash the berries, measure the ingredients, and, when the time is right, insert the sticks.
    Make raspberry coconut popsicles
  • Raspberry Watermelon Lemonade 10 of 20
    Raspberry Watermelon Lemonade
    Kids can easily wash the berries, measure the ingredients, and cube the watermelon, and they'll love this bright and tangy summer sip.
    Make raspberry watermelon lemonade
    Image: Julie Van Rosendaal
  • Peaches and Cream Popsicles 11 of 20
    Peaches and Cream Popsicles
    Peaches, banana, yogurt, and just a touch of honey means that these creamy, cool treats are pretty healthy too! And removing peach pits is an easy way for even the youngest popsicle-eaters to pitch in.
    Make peaches and cream popsicles
  • Chocolate Mint Melon Salad 12 of 20
    Chocolate Mint Melon Salad
    Sometimes a unique herb can be all it takes to make an old favorite new again. In this case, chocolate mint, a mint varietal with surprisingly chocolaty undertones, adds surprising depth to this fruit salad. Have kids trek into the garden and pick their favorite herbs. Kids can even make a few samples so they can taste the difference between various herbs.
    Make chocolate mint melon salad
    Image: Brooke McLay
  • Minty Watermelon Cucumber Popsicles 13 of 20
    Minty Watermelon Cucumber Popsicles
    There's a lot here that kids will love. First they can help to make the mint-infused simple syrup--and watch the sugar dissolve in the process. Next, they can use a regular knife to help chop up the watermelon and cucumber. Finally, they be in charge of the layers and play with color blocking or elaborate stripes.
    Make minty watermelon cucumber popsicles
  • Pink and White Striped Popsicles 14 of 20
    Pink and White Striped Popsicles
    These sweet and vivid striped popsicles are fun to make, and, with sweet-tasting pomegranate juice, very fun to eat!
    Make pink and white popsicles
  • Strawberry Yogurt Rocket Pops 15 of 20
    Strawberry Yogurt Rocket Pops
    These simple ice pops just need a whir in the blender--have the kids help to measure the ingredients, and start up the blender.
    Make strawberry yogurt rocket pops
    Image: Mackie West
  • Creamy Watermelon Smoothie 16 of 20
    Creamy Watermelon Smoothie
    Creamy, sweet, and refreshing, this is a simple smoothie you and the kids can make in minutes.
    Make creamy watermelon smoothies
    Image: Julie Van Rosendaal
  • Watermelon Pom Pops 17 of 20
    Watermelon Pom Pops
    Cooling watermelon gets a jolt of sweetness from pomegranate juice, and a little tang from fresh lime juice. Kids can help chop up the watermelon, and juice the limes.
    Make watermelon pom popsicles
  • Strawberry Lassi 18 of 20
    Strawberry Lassi
    Need a healthier way to wrap up dinner? Try making strawberry lassis! These refreshing drinks are so delicious, and have just a touch of sugar. Kids will have fun measuring out the ingredients.
    Make strawberry lassis
    Image: Brooke McLay
  • 2-Ingredient Fruit and Yogurt Popsicles 19 of 20
    2-Ingredient Fruit and Yogurt Popsicles
    In summer, simple is best and these 2 ingredient pops are easy for kids to make, eat, and enjoy.
    Make fruit and yogurt popsicles
    Image: Shaina Olmanson
  • Strawberry Festival Smoothie 20 of 20
    Strawberry Festival Smoothie
    Fruity, cooling, and satisfying, this vivid purple smoothie with give worn out kids a replenishing, refreshing blast of nutrition.
    Make strawberry festival smoothies
    Image: Kathy Patalsky

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