with just a little bit of preparation, this delicious snack is not only educational, but fun, too!
start with some cut up fruits and some popsicle sticks (we actually found some that were a little skinnier and longer than traditional popsicle sticks). you can use skewers, as well, just be careful because they are quite sharp! (also... if you decide to use bananas, make the pieces a bit thick so they don't fall apart.)
then, pick a pattern... something simple... ABAB (banana, grape, banana, grape...), ABCABC (banana, grape, honeydew, banana, grape, honeydew...).
next, start putting them on the stick! what i like to do is get the pattern started, and then let the child figure out what comes next. so, get the first three or four pieces of fruit on there, and then present a couple of options for them to choose from. (aside from the math aspect of patterning, this activity is also great fine motor practice!) leo mostly wanted to just eat the fruit, so i didn't get a many fruit-putting-on pictures ;)