Snack bags filled with colorful fruit transform into creative birthday treats with the help of clothespins and a little imagination. Have your child help out making these, or send materials into school for a quick class art project. You can add the finishing touches (that is, the fruit!) when it’s party time. Serve with cubed cheese for a complete snack.

–Susan Weiner, R.D., C.D.E., 2015 American Association of Diabetes Educators (A.A.D.E.) diabetes educator of the year and registered dietitian in private practice in New York

Nutritional Information

Serves: 1

Serving Size: fruit from 1 butterfly

  • Calories: 60
  • Fiber: 1g
  • Total Fat: 0g
  • Protein: 1g
  • Total Carbohydrate: 15g


  • 3/4 cup assorted fruit (grapes, blueberries, strawberries) per butterfly

How To Make It

  1. Decorate clothespins with colored pencils or crayons to resemble a butterfly’s body.
  2. Place a ¾-cup scoop of fresh fruit into a plastic baggie. Lift the center of the bag to evenly distribute fruit into each side.
  3. Clamp the clothespin over the empty center of the bag to form the wings of the butterfly.
  4. Add a twist tie to form butterfly antenna before closing the clothespin.

Disclaimer: The experiences and suggestions recounted in these articles are not intended as medical advice, and they are not necessarily the "typical" experiences of families with a child who has type 1 diabetes. These situations are unique to the families depicted. Families should check with their healthcare professionals regarding the treatment of type 1 diabetes and the frequency of blood glucose monitoring.