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J Is for Jolly Jellyfish

Snacks that start with J - Jolly Jellyfish

Jellyfish, starfish, and sand, oh my!

Get ready to take your little land-lubber on an under-the-sea adventure with a very jolly jellyfish!

It’s not always easy to get children to eat food that is good for them, but this easy-to-assemble lunch combines wholesome ingredients with a cute design that’s as much fun to put together as it is to eat. And I’ll bet you’ve never had a jellyfish for lunch before!

But that’s not all. While you’re assembling your snack, you can work on the letter J together. Your little one will have so much fun, she may forget that she’s learning! And if you love this recipe, we have lots more like this one for you to enjoy with your children. Work on important pre-reading skills and eat your way through the alphabet with our ABC Snacks series!

Preschooler assembling jellyfish snack

Jolly Jellyfish Lunch

Print Recipe

Here’s what you’ll need to make this lunch for one child:

  • ½ sandwich round or pita pocket
  • Your favorite sandwich filling
  • 10-12 long slivers of multicolored heirloom carrots
  • 5 sections of an orange
  • 1-2 tablespoons of hummus

Directions:

  1. Fill ½ of a sandwich round or pita pocket with your favorite sandwich filling.
  2. Position sandwich flat side down at the upper edge of your plate.
  3. Create jellyfish tentacles with slivered carrots.
  4. Make a starfish by positioning five orange sections in the shape of a star.
  5. Spread a dollop of hummus on the bottom of your plate to make a sandy ocean floor.

Variations:

  • Instead of making a sandwich, cut a tortilla in half and make a quesadilla to form the jellyfish.
  • Use multicolored sweet pepper slices or narrow slices of lunch meat and cheese instead of heirloom carrots to form the tentacles.

Adapted from JDaniel4’s Mom

Jolly Jellyfish snack on plate Mom and young daughter eating snack

Teaching Tips

Want More Snacks that Start with J?

For snacks that start with J and many more, get the entire series of ABC Snacks Cookbooks with more than 40 snack recipes for your preschoolers!

Free ABC Snacks Cookbook

Photo credit: Rachel Neumann

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Shakeeta W

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Such cute ideas! I think this would be a big hit in my house :)

Sarah Cruz

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Thanks for these ideas! They are great. I just recently started staying at home and I’m excited to make these with my daughters. Food is fun!

Robin E. at All About Learning Press

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Sarah,
Be careful! You might just develop children that love explore food! :D

Danielle A.

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Thanks for all the fun and adorable snack ideas – the best part about using these ideas is that now my daughter wants to make her own lunch – woo hoo! I adore your blog!

Robin E. at All About Learning Press

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Danielle,
I’m all for encouraging kids in the kitchen! I love that I only cook about half of the time now-a-days, because my teens and almost teens cook so often.

Launa Rasmussen

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Definitely going to try these when we start some simple alphabet activities with my 2.5 year old in January.

Amanda Roby

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I have so much trouble getting my kids to eat new things or vegetables. My oldest (3.5) has sensory issues and goes on food jags where he only eats things that I swore pre-kids my kids would never eat. (Jokes on you, pre-Mama-me!) My youngest is 2 and only wants to eat what her big brother eats most of the time, which means she’s picky-by-proxy, I guess. Anyway, this may help me to get both of them to try something new and fun! I really want to be more creative in their food. I’ll try to remember to update when I try this to let you know how it goes. Thanks for the idea!

Robin E. at All About Learning Press

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Amanda,
Yes, definitely let us know how it goes, please. I have heard that getting kids involved in preparing the food encourages them to try new things too. One of the things I love about the ABC Snacks series is that even little ones can help with the preparation.

Sheila

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I love these ideas! I’m going to use them with my boys. Thank you!

Erica carlin

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Thank you for the GReAT ideas!! My children will truly love this!

Judith Martinez

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This is so much fun! I downloaded the book and I’m excited about using it with my preschooler.

Robin E. at All About Learning Press

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Judith,
Oh, you and your child are going to have lots of fun!

Bethany

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We recently just had a wonderful family vacation at the beach. My kids would be so excited if I made this lunch for them!

Kristie

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Looks like an easy lunch my kids would love to make and eat!

Jennifer Mathesz

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kids catch on so much easier when you incorporate activities like this! so fun

Michelle Ring

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Thank you for these free snack ideas! I just downloaded the cookbook and am looking forward to using them with my toddler who loves to help in the kitchen.

Robin E. at All About Learning Press

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Michelle,
You are welcome!

Irene

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Super cute idea!!

nichole fischer

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What a great idea!

Juana

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Looks like fun I know my kids would to this for lunch

Jessica

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Such a fun idea! Thank you!

Barb

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My daughter is 10, but she still loves fun snack ideas. Thanks!

Elizabeth

says:

This looks like a fun idea!

Jennifer C.

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My kids always eat more when it looks fun on the plate. Thanks!

Genevieve

says:

That’s so cute!

Amy

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This lesson sounds like fun! I have been learning right along with my child. I can’t believe all the things that were not taught to me in public school.

Deirdre

says:

That is a really cute idea!

Tanya Area

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This looks like so much fun. I just know all my kids would enjoy this, even the older ones.

Carrie R.

says:

What a cute and clever idea!

Rachael

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What a cute idea!

Grace

says:

Such cute ideas for little ones! So happy I found your website and curriculum for our homeschool!

Meissa

says:

My sons would love using food to learn. 😀

angie

says:

It’s so inspiring to find so many great ideas to make learning fun.
Many thanks!

Brittany Szkaradnik

says:

This is adorable.

Robin E. at All About Learning Press

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Yes! I’m thinking this is my favorite ABC Snack yet!

Jessica

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I love this idea! My son has hearing loss and uses a cochlear implant so I’m always looking for multi-sensory ways to incorporate speech and language with him!

lori butler

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wow this is fantastic.

marie hall

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Just wanted to let you know how thankful I am for your reading program. My son just turned 7 this year and we are working through level 1. We were doing the worksheet , worksheet, worksheet approach. But that did not work well at all! He actually likes to do this! Thank you so much for all of the great ideas and help along the way.

Robin E. at All About Learning Press

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Marie,
You are welcome.

lynn clayton

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oh my son would love this ive bookmark youre post thank you

Rachel

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So cute!

Kristy

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These are such great ideas! My daughter would be in her element!

Erin

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Great idea for when we do our ocean theme, the kids will love it.

Crystal

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Love this idea! Today, we learned the letter, “B.” We read a “B”ook, ate “B”ananas, and packed a “B”ag! What a wonderful way to reinforce learning for our preschooler!!!! :)

Robin E. at All About Learning Press

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Crystal,
I remember when mine were little and we did a letter, color, and number each week. My kids especially loved the day each week when we ate a color-themed lunch. So much fun.

Wendy R

says:

This looks so fun. Makes me almost wish my kids were little still. ;) I’ll have to hang on to some of these ideas…in case there are ever any grandchildren. This jellyfish would be great to go along with the book, Night of the Moonjellies, used in the Five in a Row curriculum. :)

Robin E. at All About Learning Press

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Wendy,
Yes! Many of our ABC Snacks could double as go-alongs for unit study themes or with favorite story books.

Amy Larkin

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Thanks so much for your tips. It makes working with my dyslexic kindergartener who fights me on everything academic so much easier

Robin E. at All About Learning Press

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Amy,
There can be lots learned through play, and playful learning. So keep having fun! I’m glad we can help.

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