The kids actually made these fruit juice ice blocks back in the summer holidays. Summer officially ended here in the southern hemisphere on Monday, so I though I better quickly post about them before they are out of season!

Squeezing Juice - Fruit Juice Ice Blocks

It wasn’t a planned activity to make the orange juice ice blocks. The kids had been outside playing and were making some “potions” from the remaining kumquats and crab apples, when the three year old came inside to find another juicer. He saw the oranges in the fruit basket and asked could they squeeze them. I said they could on the condition that it wasn’t for potions!

Pouring Into Ice Trays - Fruit Juice Ice Blocks

As it was a very hot day, our 8 year old came up with the idea for freezing the juice. So they brought the juice inside and poured it carefully into ice trays. They filled two trays and waited patiently for them to set overnight.

Time To Eat - Fruit Juice Ice Blocks

I had told them that as they made them, they could choose when and how many they would have. They discussed it as a group and decided that as it was going to be hot for the next few days, they would only have two at time, so they would last. I thought this showed marvelous restraint. They even shared one with me and it was a refreshing treat to have on a hot summer’s day!

The Family Menu Plan For This Week

Baking: Simple Butter Cake

Monday: Chicken Lasagne

Tuesday: Mexibake

Wednesday: Left Overs.

Thursday: Chicken Korma

Friday: Pan Fried Fish With Salad

Saturday: Souvlaki

Sunday: Chicken Schnitzel and Steamed Veggies

If you are looking for further recipe inspiration, check out my complete list of Family Friendly Recipes. All of these recipes are in the database of the Planning With Kids Free Menu Planner. You can use the menu planner to plan a week of meals for your family and then print out the associated shopping list.

And for even more menu planning ideas, you can also head on over to “I’m an Organizing Junkie” for Laura’s regular Menu Plan Monday posts.

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  • SquiggleMum March 07, 2010 at 8:47 am

    We did this a couple of weeks ago too, and I still have two orange cubes in the ice cube tray! LOL

  • Mistress B March 07, 2010 at 1:14 pm

    We do ours in snack cups. The kids love them (still, at their ages) and they are a great snack after school on a hot day.

  • jenny March 07, 2010 at 1:28 pm

    We make the fruit juice iceblocks at preschool – the kids squeeze the oranges themselves so its a great experience.

    Thanks for the meal inspiration – I will be adding the mexibake and the butter cake to my meal plan this week. Am always on the lookout for kid friendly easy cheap recipes so its great to have someone do all the finding for me :)

  • Julie March 07, 2010 at 1:30 pm

    I love the way you gave your children responsibility for choosing how to eat and distribute the ice-blocks. It would have been nice to see them negotiating and making a wise (and very self-controlled!) decision.

  • Organizing Mommy March 07, 2010 at 3:13 pm

    Juice blocks look yummy!

  • Hear Mum Roar March 07, 2010 at 9:33 pm

    I think that’s even nice this time of year, what with all the colds and flu going around. I’m with Julie on this one, it’s so cool when kids get to make some decisions, isn’t it?

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