Camp Shine: Cooking with kids idea #1 -- DIY strawberry fruit leather

Photo Credit makeandtakes.comPhoto Credit makeandtakes.comWhile I'm a little nervous about the logistics of summer vacation, I'm really looking forward to some of the fun projects we've lined up while they're on break (like making this cute "Yoda" finger puppet.)

One of those projects is DIY fruit leather. I'm not a big fan of packaged fruit skins/rollups because they are packed with sugar. But my kids keep asking for them. So guess what? We're going to make fruit leather at home, thanks to this neat DIY tutorial over at Make and Takes. The instructions call for apricot, but you can easily substitute other fruits. And as

I think kids would get a charge out of letting the sun "cook" the fruit spread into leather. And you don't need any fancy equipment to make the fruit leather. Along with your basic ingredients, a blender, cookie sheet and plastic wrap can do the trick.

If you try it out, let us know how it goes!

Camp Shine is a regular feature on Shine Parenting. At Camp Shine, you'll find tips, ideas, hacks, and activities to help your kids have fun all summer long. Have a summer activity idea that's fun, easy and budget-friendly? Send it to Charlene at shine_charleneprincebirkeland AT yahoo.com.